Weight lifting with ileostomy.

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   Posted 8/17/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if anyone has found that they can do it. I know I'm not supposed to try and squat 450 lbs or anything but what about maybe up to 100 lbs? My body is reminding me how much better it looks and feels when I lift weights but I don't wanna cause myself to get a hernia or something. I've got a loop ileostomy so...any thoughts?
50 mg Mercaptapurine x 2 dly , 20 mg Omeprazole x1 dly , Remicade stopped working so now I'm trying Humira , Multivitamin , Fish Oil , Currently living ileostomy bag-style

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   Posted 8/17/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday I carried and put together one of those really heavy chest of drawers and I'm still fine today. My arms are sore from not using them, lol.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Temp Ileostomy and colon removal surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Takedown surgery - 8/?/2010

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   Posted 8/17/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You'll have to find your limits...I worked out on machines and free weights for years without an issue. Take is slow:)

Have you run it by your doc?
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

It's in the bag
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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd been using a kettlebell and stuff like that but was wanting to move up in weight a bit and you guys make it sound like it's doable thanks. My Dr. just kind of says to try what I feel I can handle. So I guess now I'll try something heavier. Thanks ya'll.
50 mg Mercaptapurine x 2 dly , 20 mg Omeprazole x1 dly , Remicade stopped working so now I'm trying Humira weekly , Multivitamin , Fish Oil , Currently living ileostomy bag-style

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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
If you increase the weight slowly and build your strength over time, I think you will be able to lift quite a lot of weight without causing any problems. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 8/17/2010 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a universal type weight system and work out 3 times a week. I use the leg press and add weight slowly! I am walikng a mile every morning too trying to get a few lbs off. I had full open surgery in late feb 2010...perminent illeo
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Illistomy  Feb-23-10
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   Posted 8/17/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was warned that 30 % of people with an ileostomy return with a hernia. I don't worry about that number and do whatever I want. Almost three years with no problem.

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