can colitis make me run slower??

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mowjiggens
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   Posted 4/23/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
so 3 months ago is was diagnosed with colitis and i have been runner for about 4 years now and it seems like i am getting worse for no reason i can find out....i ran 5:15 and 12:05 in the mile 2 yrs ago and now i can only run 5:25 and 12:17 with more training than i had 2 yrs ago....the only explanation i can find is the medication i am taking for my colitis or my colitis itsself is slowing me down. i have been taking prednizone, lialda, and azathioprine.

princesscolon
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it's just that your body is worn out from having a disease or maybe it's the Azathioprine. I would just listen to your body and do what you can without over-doing it.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08


$360
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd place money on the prednisone. That stuff dose terrible things to general well being. I had several knee injurys when I was younger and now every time I'm on pred, any physical movement is extremely painful. You'll probably be about to get back to normal once you've been off the prednisone for a few week.

Hang in there, its only temporary.
EGDOL KCALB EHT NI MI


pb4
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   Posted 4/23/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually having an IBD makes us run faster...to the can at least LOL.

Seriously, if you're flaring, your body is fighting inflammation and my GI says it's not uncommon even for us IBDers in remission to still feel more tired than the average bear.

:)
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   Posted 4/23/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
GI says it's not uncommon even for us IBDers in remission to still feel more tired than the average bear.



I know I feel pretty tired the good majority of the day. This happen to you/most people?
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pb4
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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to have major tired issues but believe it or not, once I started exercising regularly I developed an abundance of energy and I'm still in some degree of a flare with inflammation.

My diet is super healthy too so that could also be a big contributor along with exercising regulalry (I started exercising before I altered my diet), no processed foods/beverages, fast-foods, animal fats, caffeine, refined sugar, ect.

:)
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Scrap Girl
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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm guessing it's fatigue from the medications.

Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
Colazal (9 a day)
Folic Acid
Biotin
Calcium
Remicade


Bigphule
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   Posted 4/23/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't the Pred actually damage muscles? If that is the case, then there is your answer.
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
 
 
Prednisone 15mg x 1/day ~ On going recent change 4/3/2008
 


Knitty_Cat
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   Posted 4/24/2008 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd say pred for sure, plus the fact that you've been sick. I've been flare free for a year now and my running times are heading back down close to what they were pre-UC. If I could lose the last 2-3kg of extra weight that I gained from the pred 2 years ago then I'm sure that my running would be equal or better than my previous best.

Keep training if you feel well but cut yourself some slack because you've been ill. Things will get better!
Left Sided UC
Maintenance Meds: Salofalk tablets (Asacol) 2 tablets 4 times daily (4gm total) plus 2 Salofalk foam enemas per week.
Flare Meds: Salofalk enemas and/or Colifoam
Oat bran 60grams daily, Metamuscil and multivitamins


love4cats
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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't take Pred and have noticed a huge difference in my workouts since getting UC. I am much more tired now, even while in remission and just can't seem to get back to my pre UC pace.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Scrap Girl said...
I'm guessing it's fatigue from the medications.


My GI explained that fatigue is common for IBDers because of the body constantly fighting inflammation, some meds could also definitely have an effect as well, but he says often even in remission with no inflammation IBDers commonly tend to be more on the tired side.

 

:)


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Got2Believe
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   Posted 4/24/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was getting very healthy this year and off all prescriptions drugs and started playing basketball. I had gone like 3 times and played at least 2 hours each time. Then I started to flare. 3 weeks into my flare I played in a 3 on 3 basketball tournement and noticed the difference. I was so drained and the games were only 20 minutes long. Since I hadn't taken prescriptions I know that flaring wears us down big time.
                                                                                         
28/M/TX (revised 4/16/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  3 weeks of flaring and finally improving.
RX/day:  Tapered Prednisone completely January 2008. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
(believe me I know my body and do not recommend doing this!!!)
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
 


suebear
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   Posted 4/24/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone never affected my endurance but the disease sure did. I worked out at less than optimum levels due to being chronically ill.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 4/24/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
mowjiggens,

UC causes all sorts of problems, which vary from person to person, but one common trait seems to be fatigue. It may be extreme or only minor, but it's there and it does make a difference...especially on the road where every second makes a difference. I used to run track and cross country and when I got hit by UC, my stamina took a nosedive and it wasn't medication, although meds can also have an impact. Your body is engaged in a war, what type of war is up for debate, but as long as you have UC it will affect your times..IMHO. Just make sure you take your multivitamins, drink lots of fluids and avoid foods that can make your condition worse.

Take care,

NBT
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


mowjiggens
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   Posted 4/25/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all the help....my doctor just told me to stop taking the predizone about 3 days ago and i have been feeling pretty good w/o it....i hope i can just run without feeling like i have to crap my paints lol =]
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