Crohn's and DOMS

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   Posted 7/27/2017 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had a really rough time in the last year trying to get a consistent regular exercise regimen going - which I know is essential with Crohns - because every time I try to begin something new, I end up with severe DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

I'm not terribly out of shape, do water aerobics twice a week, work and have a little homestead (grow my own food, take care of chickens, garden a lot) none of which bothers me, but when I try anything else - step work outs, zumba, yoga or weight bearing exercises, etc - within two days I'm almost unable to move at all. It's excruciating. The first day is normal muscle soreness, but by the second I can barely make it out of bed. And trust me, I take it REALLY easy when I'm trying something new. And this is coming from someone who had natural childbirth! At this point, I'm totally discouraged and wondered if this might be associated with the Crohns or something entirely different I need to bring up to the docs. :-(

Any thoughts, feedback would be appreciated.
Age 45 - Crohns/Colitis Dx 3/2017
Asthmatic w/food allergies and allergic to multiple meds (including steroids & cipro)
Currently taking Apriso/Rowasa
Prior meds: Lialda (extreme nausea), Uceris (increased symptoms and bleeding) and Canasa (did nothing)

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   Posted 7/27/2017 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, I've recently joined the gym and am having my induction tomorrow: I hope I don't get this :-/

Magnesium is meant to be good for muscle soreness. I fairly recently started taking a few supplements (in the form of sprays, which are better absorbed than pills), i.e. vitamin D, vitamin B12 and magnesium. I couldn't tell you which one of those specifically helped with my aches and pains, but they are better now: my neck and shoulders don't feel sore anymore.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 7/28/2017 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, that pretty much describes what happened to me whenever I tried doing those kinds of exercises too. I've assumed it has to do with having Crohn's and the chronic fatigue and inflammation I live with, including the arthritis. But I know others don't have the same problem.
Female, late 50s--CD over 45 yrs; Hemi-colectomy '01; spinal cord injury '01; fistulae since '97; enteropathic arthritis
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