Is walking an issue for you?

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   Posted 8/24/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Guys,
I was just wondering how many of you get problems when you walk. Walking to me seems to over-excite my bowel. When I am in flare the less I walk the longer my food stays with me. But, I have had walking to much cause a flare! It can cause me pain and VERY loud bowel sounds, I was given a disabled badge because of this (the looks some people give you when you get out of your car, seemingly looking heathly because your not overweight and moderatley young!)

Is this a problem for anyone else? What excersice do you do? Any other ways you have been able to combat it?

Many thanks


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   Posted 8/24/2008 1:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup, it has been a huge problem for me. I hate to say it, but the solution (for me, anyway) is to get the disease under control.

I am going to edit your sig again - no veiled references, please.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   

My last flare left me so weak that I was falling down when I tried to stand. I get up and am so lightheaded that it's the just a matter of any faster and I would faint.
It's much better now, but if I walk around too long then the pain in my abdomen is just terrible.
I've noticed that I actually use the bathroom less after walking though. Walking itself will help me use the restroom after a while, and it is also supposed to relieve gas and bloating if you have it(my nurses put a lot of stress on this one post-surgery).

I can understand about the looks after getting out of your car with a handicapped sticker...people automatically assume that youth equals vitality. I was guilty of the same thing for the most part before all of this happened minus the horrible judging which people are all too happy to do. Shame shame..
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I usually walk for half an hour after lunch.  It helps relieve the excessive gas in my bowels.  If I do not walk and leave the gas trapped inside, I would feel miserable.

However, if I have a severe diarrhea attack, I would try to avoid walking.


Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Walking only bothers me because of my joint pain. We took my son to the zoo yesterday and by time we left I could barely
walk as my joints and feet hurt so bad.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 10mg this week
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
                           Wellbutrin twice a day
No Surgeries

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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Must be different areas of inflam, different results. Sitting and laying are my problem position, but walking and being on my feet i feel real good
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)

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   Posted 8/24/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Walking usually makes my bowels empty even more.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my I am or rather was an avid runner and always had to go poop on my am runs and right away! If I attempt to run or even walk at the grocery store before 10 am regardless of what I eat or drink I am in the bathroom! Well hopefully at least! With this latest flare I had my daughter in a baby carrier and my 3 boys in an extended grocery cart at Meijer and made it to the bathroom just in time! But I did have to ask an employee to push the cart in the bathroom for me as I was ready to poop my pants! Just recently I went running with my sister n law in my home city outside of Detroit and had to poop right in a bush on someones front lawn about 4 houses down from my parents. So yeah walking and running cause me to have urgency. But over the years I have lived with it and it is really hard to embarass me. The only time I don't leave the house is when I have the HORRIBLE abdominal pain and fevers.
Diagnosed with UC in July of 2003 then diagnosed with Crohns in August of 2006.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone:
  When I am in a flare the most I can do is lay as still as possible. Any movement cause abdominal pain. Even though I am on meds, sometimes I have to go to ER or Urgent Care to get stable because I get dehydrated quick due to the diarrhea. Some of the others meds I was on over the years;
Imuran                                       Remicade
Methotrexate                              and a host of others
Wish everyone well

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   Posted 8/25/2008 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I agree with walking and D. I sometimes used to get half nutty just getting to the store and of course anxiety makes it worse. As far as people staring don't look at them. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still gail

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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Ever shake a bottle of bubbly ? Yep, the same with me. I can go from feeling ok to a mad dash for the restroom is just a few steps. I try not to eat much if I have to walk a lot. It helps some but not always. Fortunately for me I have such joint trouble s that I dont cover a lot of ground or stand for long periods..Hey,,could be a perk..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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