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ediekristen
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   Posted 8/7/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else here have bad posture? I know I do for sure... I've been trying to make a conscious effort to correct myself when I am slouching or not standing straight but I attribute a lot of it to spending the last 8 years hunched over on the toilet. I mean really, have you ever tried to sit up completely straight while you're going to the bathroom, especially with the cramps and whatnot... It doesn't really help things move along well.
 
Just curious.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) diagnosed at age 15; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use. 

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Lexapro 10mg
Trying out Lialda, 2 pills/day

 
 


Blue220
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   Posted 8/7/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the worst posture when I was severely anemic. I just couldn't hold myself up. It was terrible.

I still find myself slouching because yes, it's hard to realize what you are doing since you are used to hunching over from pain.

I just try to be conscious of it and fix it every time I notice it.

I was a dancer when I was younger up until I was 19, so, I incorporate certain things I learned then to standing up straight.
21 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007

Taking Lialda 3x a day, and just started taking Entocort(3 pills/day) on 5/29/08. Started to taper off on the steroid, but, that proved to be bad..

Severely anemic, was taking 3 65mg iron tablets a day, now just down to 1 because my hemoglobin levels are almost normal, and I cannot stand the stomach aches I get from all that iron. However, I was down to just 1 Entocort a few days ago and started to have a flare, so, I might have ruined my levels again. =/


Kiss520
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Funny you should mention that. I just recently developed UC within the last year, and I feel like my posture has gotten terrible. Seems my colon is more "comfortable" when I'm not stretched (sitting up straight).
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG (as needed), and multivitamin daily.
Diet/Exercise:  No fructose, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol or wheat bran fiber.  Daily yoga, walking, or cardio w/weights.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (showing improvement)
 
 


Blue220
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Kiss520, that's what I always had to tell my Mom. She would always ask why I was hunched over.. Even when we would be riding in the car, I would just hunch. It feels better.
21 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007

Taking Lialda 3x a day, and just started taking Entocort(3 pills/day) on 5/29/08. Started to taper off on the steroid, but, that proved to be bad..

Severely anemic, was taking 3 65mg iron tablets a day, now just down to 1 because my hemoglobin levels are almost normal, and I cannot stand the stomach aches I get from all that iron. However, I was down to just 1 Entocort a few days ago and started to have a flare, so, I might have ruined my levels again. =/


quincy
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   Posted 8/8/2008 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I don't have bad posture...but I do have back/shoulder/neck/elbow/wrist/.... problems. I do hairdressing and intrepreted (sign language) for many years...my posture has always been good..just not the strongest body (working on it).

Poor posture could be because of weak bones from pred use????

quincy
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Mitzo
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Funny, I have noticed when I see myself in photos that I look a bit hunched as if I am protecting my abdomen or trying to hide a stomach ache. I guess when you have this horrible condition, it really just controls your life even subconsciously.


21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.

 

  • 3 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Psyllium powder.


PeanutMom
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
OMG what a post to hit home today for me. I had to have a cyst removed from my back right in between my shoulder blades along my spine yesterday. Since I can't take the ibuprofen he'd like me to take he warned me that it would be "tender" today (mild understatement). So there I am waking up early just like every other morning to stumble to the bathroom and go through the morning cramp session (not bad just not a fun way to wake up) and I started to hunch over as usual in my sleepy stupor. . .. BAM it's like my back was on fire! I nearly jumped off the toilet! As soon as I hunch it pulls the incision. As soon as I sat up straight with my shoulders back it relieved the pressure on the incision but my bowels got annoyed. . . . I honestly sat there laughing at the irony that one position caused one pain and the other position cause the other pain. . .at that point I just decided to let my bowels get their annoyance over and relieve the back pain.

Fun thing is every time I start to hunch just a little bit at my desk or when walking I get that stinging reminder to straighten up and keep my shoulders back today. Who knows, maybe this proceedure will improve my posture over all LOL!
Kim
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- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferolicit IV monthly
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Peety
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   Posted 8/8/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
You've had UC and taken prednisone for a while, so have I. I enjoy strength training (you don't have to get far away from the bathroom, like you do if you walk or run for exercise), and have recently added more flexibility training (for my golf swing) and I think it has helped me maintain good posture. Find a physical therapist you like (not just a personal trainer at a gym) who can suggest good exercises for your back and abs. Maybe that will help.
49 year old female, diagnosed in 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years; Currently 15-20 mg prednisone trying to taper off from lingering flare, slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
August 2008 Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet and Replete probiotic, DGL Plus (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors, under care of naturopathic doctor.


LyndaC
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   Posted 8/8/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have terrible posture...and since this whole UC thing started over a year ago my posture is even worse. I have had a headache for the past week, it's from my neck. It's painful for me to sit straight but off to see a orthopedic consultant in September as I'm fed up being hunched over. Most of my life I have put things on the long finger when it came to taking care of myself. Developing UC put an end to that for me. Got the fright of my life. I swore if I got so much as a blister I was going to complain about it!! LOL!!
40 year old mother, 3 children.
Suffered with stress for 5 years and quit smoking 2.5 yrs ago.
Diagnosed acute UC in June 08.
Asacolon 2400mg per day
Protiem 
Prednisone - presently on 5mg per day....Finished on Friday!!!
Also taking Calcium, Acidophilis, Zinc, Vit C, Vit B complex, Omega 3 and Evening Primrose
 
 
 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 8/8/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Since developing UC, my posture has been so bad! Flares cause me to curl up - which isn't good for the back. I'll even wake up at night to find myself curled up in a ball. My first flare I would curl up in a corner of the couch. I actually had urgency issues whenever I'd straighten out. After the flare is over, I can work on straightening out. But my abs are so out of condition that it's a tough thing.

I have a friend with bad IBS and she noticed when it "flared" she would end up curled up too.

Do you suppose we can call bad posture and poor abs a side effect of UC?
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
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potato
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   Posted 8/8/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had bad posture all my life.  Yoga has helped me the past few years enormously.  I still have bad posture but now I become aware of it and correct it more frequently.   
 
Interesting that you brought this up, because yesterday a yoga teacher told me that we have many back problems and we would be easier on our digestive systems if we held our abdomens in the "bowl" of the pelvis.  Most people, including me most of the time, let our abs just hang out, and the force of gravity on the abs, internal organs, and back are harmful. 
 
Made sense to me. 
Potato...  Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day  
culturelle, citracell
children's vitamin, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
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Sara14
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   Posted 8/8/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't really get what your yoga teacher said. Was she saying we should suck our tummys in all the time and that would be better for the internal organs? What is the "bowl" of the pelvis? I take yoga and have never heard that term. Thanks.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa every 3-4 nights; Canasa every 3 nights;
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv; Zinc supplement every few days


potato
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   Posted 8/8/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   

It's the first time I'd heard it from a yoga teacher, too.  She's a new teacher for me, and I mentioned that I had UC and was flaring to her right before class.

Essentially, I think she meant that if we tilt the pelvis forward, and use the lower abs a little, the internal organs will fit more naturally in the pelvis.  If I think about standing straighter, my natural inclination is to pull my shoulders and butt back, with my stomach kind of sticking out in front.  I think that's the opposite of what she was saying to do, at least for the butt and stomach.  The butt should be more forward and in line with the rest of the body so the colon, etc., will sit naturally in the pelvic cavity.   The abs gently hold the organs in so they will be better protected from gravity. 

Does that make more sense?  I think she used the term "bowl" as a description, not as a yoga term.  She had us do a lot of lower back strenthening, as well, which helps with the abs.   

I believe she is an ivengar teacher, and my usual teacher does hatha yoga.  If I get any more tips I'll try to pass them on. 



Potato...  Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day 
cortenema am & pm 
culturelle, benefiber wafers 
children's vitamin, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
oxazepam (anti anxiety) when needed, lomotil if needed (trying this out)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (potato) : 8/8/2008 9:34:31 PM (GMT-6)


Sara14
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   Posted 8/8/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that makes perfect sense, potato! Thanks so much for explaining that to me. I have had yoga teachers tell me to tuck my pelvis under so it is in alignment with the rest of the body when doing certain poses, so that makes a lot of sense. By the way, I love that you chose the name potato because it's all you could eat a lot of when you signed up. Cute way to choose a name!
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa every 3-4 nights; Canasa every 3 nights;
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv; Zinc supplement every few days


Kiss520
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   Posted 8/9/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I compare the need to slouch with having PMS cramps. When they're bad, I want to curl up in a ball so that my insides aren't stretched or moving too much (to avoid cramping). And when you do sit up straight, you have to use your abdominal muscles which can cause cramping.


Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG (as needed), and multivitamin daily.
Diet/Exercise:  No fructose, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol or wheat bran fiber.  Daily yoga, walking, or cardio w/weights.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (showing improvement)
 
 

Post Edited (Kiss520) : 8/9/2008 8:48:55 AM (GMT-6)


Red_34
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   Posted 8/9/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Dawn, I think that one of the reasons we may have weak abs is that when flaring it is just plain painful to do any sort of stomach excersizes to get them in shape. At least that is the case with me. I hate doing stomach excersizes anyway but when I am flaring, that is the LAST thing I want to do.

I also have bad posture. But I'm not sure if it is from hunching from Uc or my bad back. I have been told by my neurologist and physical therapist that I have a sway back. I try to correct the problem when I think of it but from many years of holding my hips that way, it is almost impossible to get them back in alignment. Also I have a slight droop to my shoulder blades that I have consciously been trying to hold them back. But I do notice that I slouch more when I am flaring. I try to stand straight but it just hurts to do so.
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Luna0
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   Posted 8/9/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
For me to say I have the best posture would be wrong. But for me a long walk around the city helps me. I think it also relaxes me. Yep yep yep. As long as I stood up straight I think I am fine.
Tawn 
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Currently on:
Remicade
Imuran 3pills/day
And many other over the counter meds.

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