Swimming! Best Crohn's Symptoms Remedy Yet.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, it has been a while since I've been on this site. I used to be here almost religiously as I was suffering from Crohn's symptoms such as bloody stool, gas, and abdominal pain pretty regularly. Then, I started taking Remicade, and everything got better for a little while. I was eating whatever I desired, gaining weight, and life was good. Then, the greasy food started kicking me back, and I couldn't tolerate it. Also, I encountered heavy stress and began to experience the symptom of D, and loose stool.

I told my-self, I need to change this, so I signed up for the gym, so I could SWIM. Swimming, turned my stool type around from D and loose, to normal within a DAY. I'm usually a two-day digestive tract guy, so I was expecting two-days, it happened in one. I now swim as frequently as I can at my Gym for 30$/month. I know swimming isn't a viable remedy to everyone on these forums, but to those who it is I figured I would post this. In addition, I do adhere to a rather strict diet, of foods I know I tolerate. I cheat on my diet occasionally, but when I do cheat, I never worry about D anymore. I used to keep a journal to record my stool type and what I ate, I no longer need it. So, as I know everyone's body is different, I'd say at least give swimming a shot, and see what happens. I Personally, have not seen too many studies to show swimming as a possible remedy to Crohn's Symptoms, so who knows? Either way, swimming has helped me immensely as my symptoms are pretty much absent bar the symptom of gas from when I cheat on my diet.

Also, I recommend finding Shelled Hemp Seed from a farmer's market/whole food store/vitamin store. Shelled Hemp Seed provides plenty of Omega 3's, and Amino Acids-which help with metabolizing food, which anyone with Crohn's could use. You can add the seeds to cereal, salad, or low temperature cooking.

I'll check back later on, but I would like to hear back from anyone else who tries swimming as a remedy. Good Luck, and Feel Better to all of you.
Diagnosed with Crohn's at age 17 February 2005. Asthmatic. History of Pneumonia and Valley Fever.
DVT (Blood Clot) left leg, a result of Crohn's July 2008 [Hopefully gone as shown by a recent Ultra Sound]. Eryathema Nodosum left leg, a result of Crohn's November 2008.

Medication: Remicade, Advair 250/50 MG, Accolate 20 mg twice Daily, Fluconazole 200mg twice daily, Prednisone 40 MG twice daily,
Dicyclomine 10mg twice daily, Salmon Oil 1000mg

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   Posted 9/14/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome back! What was your old screen name as I see you have started a new account? Swimming would be good for many of us as it such a gentle exercise on your joints, and something many of us could do vs other types of exercise. Look forward to hearing more from you.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 9/14/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
However I would like to mention it is against some health codes to swim in a community or medical rehab pool when you are having d.
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   Posted 9/14/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
oh gosh could you imagine it, you'd be like an Octopus leaving a cloud of INK.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I love swimming but you are right everything has to be under control. I used to not eat a while before I went and had to go right after if not during. there is the nervousness of accidents. I thinking swimming helps the stress levels and moves the whole body so well.

I had surgery for an ileostomy 6 weeks ago tomorrow and have not been swimming since. But am planning on giving it a shot soon.

I eat hemp hearts all the time and feel like I have more energy when I eat the regularly. They do come thru pretty fast though.

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got" It's my new though to process. I need to change my life to not get more crohn's since they took it all out with my large intestine and cancer cells too. I am still adjusting to all this and most people are so positive about their operations and bags, while I am miss sour puss and grumpy way too much. Need to kick myself in the pants, I guess.

Anyway, when changes are made there are usually some results. Sounds like you found the right one for you. WAY TO GO!!

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   Posted 9/14/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't know as I'd consider it a "remedy" for my son, but he is a year-round competitive swimmer! (that said, he was already swimming competitively for several years BEFORE his diagnosis...) He is VERY healthy now (praise for the SCD) and swims every day! Currently he's being recruited for college swimming (but I don't think he'll do it).

Glad to hear it is working for you!!! That's amazing and FABULOUS!!! yeah
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too. Med-free.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Navy - a lot of codes have exceptions for non-communicable illnesses. For example, the food codes say you can't waitress or cook if you have had D or vomitting in the last 24 hours but the code actually mades an exception for a list of digestive disorders including crohns. I would guess swimming would be the same so long as you had showered but I could be wrong.
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 9/14/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Swimming is the greatest, I definitely agree it being one of the top remedies for relaxation and distressing! But I also love yoga and dancing when I have enough energy to do it, it gets my mind off anything that is bringing me down.
20/f - Diagnosed with Crohn's for 6 years. ~ Waiting to backpack through Europe ~
Western Medication - Imuran & Entocourt
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Chinese Herbs for Inflammation

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   Posted 9/14/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
This may be obvious to the people that it concerns, but those husks in hemp hearts are irritating to my gut and anyone with any diverticular problems should avoid them like the plague.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am too scared to swim in public pools due to being so immuno-suppressed; heaven knows what I could catch. Our backyard pool only allows a few strokes, but I do enjoy using a kickboard to strengthen my legs. I also do yoga when I can which is very relaxing.
Crohn's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
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   Posted 9/14/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I am well aware about D and swimming. I would not advocate public pool swimming to anyone who has uncontrollable D. When I swam, I was able to at least predict my bowel movements based on how many I had that day even with the D. But, I have had D to the point of not getting my haircut because I didn't now if I was going to have an interruption or not :P.

I didn't create a new account, I just rarely posted anything in the past. I mostly read.

I'm not sure if it can be deemed a complete remedy, but it was for me so I felt I'd share it with the community. If swimming can alleviate anyone else with Crohn's disease, that would make me happy.

Yes, the Hemp Hearts go right through me too, but they do provide me with energy as well. Also, I eat these with cold cereal at the beginning of the day. The healthy fats keep me fuller longer, and the protein helps me with any workout I do during the day :P.

Thanks for the replies :)

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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
i used to go swimming alot about two years ago..in the summer every day with my daughter...my crohns was in remission for at least 18 months (while hubby was deployed) i was so happy...the chlorine..seemed to help my fistula not drain or hurt as much...i think perhaps...exercise is the best thing!


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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't worry too much about being immuno-suppressed and public swimming pools - if the pool is well maintained and treated with the right chemicals there shouldn't be anything to worry about - I've been on methotrexate and infliximab for years and been swimming the whole time.
I started swimming when I developed a crippling bout of sacroiliitis and when I was in the water was the only time I wasn't in pain, I strongly credit swimming regularly for being the reason I got over that flare and to this day have avoided having to have walking aids or wheelchairs.

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   Posted 9/16/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Mommy,,,look,, there a ring around the pool... gr00,,is there a big handle at one end of the pool just in case ??
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   Posted 9/16/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I like rock climbing.... there are a few top climbers that have Crohn's.... one of is Shawn Diamond... 14 surgerys, 26 years old... one of the best in the world
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