Excercise and UC

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   Posted 11/17/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I love to lift weights and run, but recently (because of rectal bleeding) I am scared to....I am not sure if it will make it worse. I go out of the hospital back in Feb. of 08 and have done pretty well until now. Can anybody give me their input.....

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I work out regularly (even when I was bleeding) I found some things to clear up my bleeding, mainly being bee propolis and probiotics and fibre supplements daily and indefinitely, find something to do for exercise though, even if you cannot lift weights at this time, maybe do lighter weights, aquasizing, many forms of yoga are out there too which can help build muscle and keep you fit, same with pilates.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I worked the majority of time when during a two year flare that included daily bleeding. It did not worsen things. Just be sure to keep your GI informed on your exercise routine. He or she may make adjustments to it at times but exercise is important for those with UC.

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

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Exercise hasn't had any effect on my UC. In fact I think it keeps my sanity some days.
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Diagnosed 7/27/08
Prednisone 20mg/day 40mg/day and tapering again....

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Exercise doesn't have any affect on my UC, but it does make it more difficult to exercise. I find about 20 minutes into my routine (when I am flaring), I get very bad urgency. I use an eliptical during the winter, bike in the summer.
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, stopped. 
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.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure my strength training has kept me from having bone density problems that someone like me should have. So try to keep it up! I got a good home weight stack-type universal gym with a leg press so I could do it more comfortably at home.
(I also do elliptical --unless my lower back is acting up -- and stretching and ab work).
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Peety. Unless you're feeling burned out and fatigued, continue with your exercise. It's helpful both mentally and physically.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I lift 3-4 times/week with no problems.
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