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   Posted 6/24/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone how many of us swim? Just wandering if anyone finds it helps the joints and body pain. Plan on going at it soon so hoping it will be of benefit? I have waited a long time to get the pool ready and had it up but had to take it down and now it is finally ready. So if you hear Cannonball I guess that"ll be me jumping in . Waiting till the water warms a bit but might stick my little toe in. Hey Sniper ready for a swim ? lol gail

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   Posted 6/24/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Gail, that would be a resounding yes from me....

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd drown...not a swimmer, wish I was but I'm sure the stress of learning at my old age would probably having me in a pool with a bunch of my own poops floating around I'd be so nervous about it LOL!

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Since my ankles have been so swollen, I've been thinking about joining the local Y for the swimming pool. I just HATE being in a swim suit and I'd just DIE if anyone I knew saw me! How stupid is that? But I know my friends mom does swimming aerobics for therapy after having had surgery and for her arthritis. Might try and get over my fear of public swimming holes and give it a try.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Culturelle Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date

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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My fiance and I just moved into a house and installed a pool....LOVE IT. I have moved more in the last 2 weeks than I had in the last 2 months and that is while in an active flare. The pool feels sooooo good.

Best money we ever spent :-)

35 year old female - Diagnosed w/Crohn's 2002 - Surgery 2004

Currently taking: Pentasa, Entocort, Immodium, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Seroquel

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   Posted 6/24/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in the pool in summer! We've had one for 23 years now and I couldn't imagine not swimming. And yes, it does make it easier to "move" in the water---we have solar heaters that bring the water temp up to the mid 80s which is very comfy!

KittKatt --- don't give a rat's a** what anyone thinks of you in a swim suit. I don't! Especially when we go to the beach on vaca -- 32 days and counting.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Swimming is a heck yes here, i've been in the water for about two months already which is chilly by canada's standards. The only thing that really bugs me is that we usually swim at this old abandonded trestle (train bridge) and its a solid 10 minute walk from my house, and when you gotta go you just gotta go. Ive been lucky not to run into any of these moments yet!

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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Northern MI. It takes until late July or August before the water is warm enough, but swimming is great exercise in pools and easy on the joints. We have had a boat for the last 13 years, but since my Crohn's diagnosis about a year ago, I get more and more neurotic about being out on the water with no bathroom. I have to be feeling really good before I'll go, and I love the boat and the water!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics

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   Posted 6/24/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Cannonball! Hmmm, isn't that the sound that every Crohnnie longs to hear? :) I love to swim, however, since the Fibro diagnosis I've found that it must be heated water. I don't think I would be one to swim during an active flare though since exercise such as walking can send me running to the bathroom. I've found that as long as I don't eat prior to exercise I'm good to go. As far as it being good for the joints....it truly is one of the best passive non-weight bearing exercises you can do! Have fun and remember to belly float for me! I love to do that with a snorkle & mask cause it drowns out everything going on around me and gives me such a sense of myself and an inner peace. Sounds corny but works for me!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Ultracet Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I love to swim and every summer when we go to our summer house in the island, I swim in these crystal clear waters.  I couldn't imagine my life without swimming.  I find it not only good for my physical health, but most important, it relaxes me, it gives my body a chance to rest, and enjoy the sun and the sea.
I'm leaving for my summer holidays in 20 days and I'm looking so forward to it!
So my advice to everybody, is swim as much as you can.
Christina cool

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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd like to swim, but since my hemmie/skin tag removal last year I don't have the best "seal."  Also, those incisions aren't 100% closed, and I worry about the possibility of picking up something in a public pool.  Especially since I'm on immunosuppresants.  If I weren't so worried about the back forty I'd definitely be in the pool, thuder thighs or not!

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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   

I love to swim and was on the swim team in High school. However, I will not get in my suit in front of others. Which sucks cause I love to swim. Only if I was rich and could afford an indoor pool. I guess I could flood the basement cool



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also on Prilosec 2x a day for reflux.


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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a summertime swimmer and just started back up a few weeks ago. Feels so good to be in the water. I agree... it relaxes me so much! The splashing sounds, all other noises being muffled from being underwater... I love it.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08, started Xifanan 5/24/08 
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl

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   Posted 6/25/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi well now you all have me more excited then ever . I wear a white shirt over bathing suit to copensate for my preddy flubber. Helps keep the warm in and sun down a little.Did get the toe in .The intex pools are great for home use. Hope you all have a great swim.

Broom I get thet inner feeling of peace to .I will definitely do a good cannonball and belly swim for you.You do know they now have salt water pumps to keep the water clean instead of just the chlor. for home pools they run around 200 up here. so maybe someday you"ll do a belly float of your own . lol gail

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
SALT WATER PUMPS! REALLY! What is an intex pool?
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Ultracet Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Broom the intex pools are usually around 15 feet by 48 inches high and yes a person can use salt water pumps to treat the water. No chlorine. So check them out not too expensive ,mine is going on it's 4 or 5 years now I did get a hole but patched it with a patch kit that comes with glue seems to have worked.I don't have the salt water pump so have been using the regular chlorine but would love to have one lol gail

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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmmm, thanks Gail. Did I ever tell you that I became symptomatic with my CD while maintaining my pool at our former home? Our county was kind enough to install a waste water (so called drip system) in the field next to our home. There was a required 100 ft. buffer zone from the nearest dwelling. Not to mention we were on well water at the time also. Anyhow, every morning when I would go out on the deck to check the chemicals there was a nasty film on the deck. It wasn't till 5 years later I was actually dx'd. There were all kinds of water samples taken down stream from us but no air quality studies. Every afternoon we would get sea breezes from the east that would blow directly across our back yard and pool area about the same time they would cut on the overflow sprays from the lagoons. Need I paint a more horrific picture! This is what I believe could have been an environmental trigger for my crohns. They better hope I never find scientific proof of this! While I am not a sue happy individual, you can bet your sweet kister that I would persue that course of action!

Thanks again for the info. I do miss my pool and can't tolerate the cholrine on my skin any more. I haven't been in a pool that uses the perioxide based chemicals in awhile so maybe I could tolerate that. Right now I'm considering purchasing an over the tub whirlpool for the Fibro symptoms since I can't rip out and redo the bathroom right now.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Ultracet Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes!!!! I live in our pool in the summer!

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   Posted 6/25/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I swim and it rocks! Get in and enjoy the water!

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   Posted 6/25/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Want to go back swimming, getting too hot to go to outdoor pools at the moment. So either I have to get up at 5 in the morning to do my workout, or stay in the a/c in the gym. Will pick the gym. (The water can easily get over 90 degrees F) I will get back in the pool around September...I hope we have a mild summer (it has been known to go on until November....those years are horrid)
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