Marathoning causes crohn's to flare

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snappy
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   Posted 3/2/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, my first flare came after running several marathons within just a few months. I've never quite quit flaring in the last 5 years but I have had definate peaks and valleys. This year I thought I'd be bold and run three marathons to prove I'm back to my pre-crohn's fitness. I did it and now my crohn's is worse than it's been in five years.
 
So, at least for myself I'm going to assume this has something to do with my marathons. Wonder if a completely slothful existence will make it go away?smile
Bad fissure Feb 2005. Started Remicade 2006. Fissure #1 healed, now deal with smaller fissure that comes and goes. Clean scope 2009 except for fissure. Also on Pentasa.


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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are feeling bad. Exercise is helpful for some, but maybe you were pushing yourself a little too hard??? Hope things calm down for you soon.

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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have no idea if completely slothful existance will help, but it might behoove you to take it easier. I am a former marthoner, but if I even ran five miles right now, I would be in the hospital getting a blood transfusion. Please do not do what I did and push so hard that you can no longer do some of the basic life functions.
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snappy
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, slothful is not in my abilty, but I do plan on taking it much, much easier. Like 3 miles every other day! and only when I feel like it. and when the weather is nice. and when I feel like putting my book down.tongue
Bad fissure Feb 2005. Started Remicade 2006. Fissure #1 healed, now deal with smaller fissure that comes and goes. Clean scope 2009 except for fissure. Also on Pentasa.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/2/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I would also say that cross training might be a good idea as well. For me the pounding causes bleeding, like sandpaper guts. So I have had to switch to bikes, water, yoga, etc. But there are some that can tolerate the pounding. Since my orthro issues are so bad, the pounding is not great for my bones.
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snappy
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   Posted 3/2/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks MMMNavy. The bike is sounding pretty good. I did a lot of weights last year with no bad effects, too.

Bad fissure Feb 2005. Started Remicade 2006. Fissure #1 healed, now deal with smaller fissure that comes and goes. Clean scope 2009 except for fissure. Also on Pentasa.


spookyh
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   Posted 3/2/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I read a study that said marathoning suppresses a healthy person's immune system. So having an autoimmune disease would bound to make things worse. It's major wear and tear on the body. Biking, swimming, etc. would probably agree with you well though.
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/2/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Weights to me is a given it helps with preventing the ostoprosis that can come with crohns.
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Zanne
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   Posted 3/2/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just going to say that people that run multiple marathons in a year, like serious athletes, Olympians, don't look all that healthy to me. Scrawny, starving, kind of like I do when I get home after a long hospital visit from a flare. It looks like it takes a lot out of their bodies, so maybe 3 half marathons. smilewinkgrin But I like the sloth type living when I can get away with it. I walk, I ran for a year and hated every step!
Suzanne

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joy47
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   Posted 3/2/2010 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello snappy, this is joy47, I was reading what you said about the marathon, I don't belive it caused it I think It may have posponed it. It had to have help with stress, just that adrinal flow, that kinda peace you get when you are excercising. If it makes since. isnt it easier to not eat quit right? I mean marathon runners , I assume are keeping very hydrated and maby let the nutrition kinda slip alittle. Its just another way to look at things. Anyway I wish you the very best. wink

bkblack
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   Posted 3/5/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that when I train hard I wind up with a flare. I am convinced that stress can cause the Crohns to flare and hard exercising is stressful to our bodies.
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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow...a lot of us are, and in my case, were serious runners...I was thinking also, "runners trots" kinda common in even the non-crohnnie...the mechanical jarring of the long runs can cause D. I know I used to have to take a couple of Imodium on race day, and it was suggested to me by an elite runner (Olympic trial top 10) cuz a couple of mine had me miserable trying to find all the port o potty's along the way...kinda miserable
Here's to your less slothful existence...(I wanted to say keep running...but on this forum, kinda means a different thing, hehe :-) )
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dinkydee
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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a marathoner...I do weights and run/walk. My hats off to all marathoners tho!! Wondering if it is what you train with? Do you do the gu's, gels, gatoraides etc? Try something different. If you trained for a marathon, then the gradual increase would condition your body. Hmmmm bet you could never be a sloth!!!! email if you want got an idea for you.
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