Does working out actually aggravate UC?

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qazwsx12
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   Posted 1/29/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Seems like whenever I get done working out, maybe the next morning or later that night my UC seems to get upset.

I'm wondering if the increased inflammation of the muscles that were just worked out has something to do with it, maybe creating a more inflammatory environment throughout the body? Or maybe something to do with increased free radicals after a workout? It really does seem like it upsets my UC though, at least during a flair up.

unclebubba
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   Posted 1/29/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed If I work my abs to hard, then my symptoms get worse. jogging and bike riding seem to bring on a quick bathroom trip as soon as I'm done. Of course I work out in the mornings at UC's worse time so.... Weights don't seem to bother the UC, but do bother my old joints.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 1/29/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
UC probably has played a role in my back pain...which is bothered by certain workouts, especially twisting moves.

Otherwise, it makes me feel better. I find it settles bloated feelings somehow.
Otherwise any problems with exercise and UC are more related to time of day.

Uncbubba, you're too young to have old joints.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


Christine1946
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   Posted 1/29/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
     My workout consists of walking from the kitchen to the computer room but it doesn't bother my UC any.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Peety
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   Posted 1/29/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine1946 said...
     My workout consists of walking from the kitchen to the computer room but it doesn't bother my UC any.

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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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


ErinD
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   Posted 1/29/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely think it affects my UC.  I like to run and i usually have an 'issue' afterwards.  Ab work, forget it, it just kills me :(

First Diagnosed with Microscopic Colitis 10/07
Diagnosed with UC instead 3/2008
10mg Prednisone
50mg Imuran
75mg 6-MP
Calcium + Vit D
Probiotics
Entocort 9mg daily
800mg Asacol 3X daily
Bentyl
Lomotil
Dicyclomine
Prevacid
 


subdued
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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Working out helps my Colitis. It gets out the gas. However, I don't work out as much when I'm flaring, because I get so anemic from loosing so much blood.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners


basa0806
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   Posted 1/29/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like C-R-A-P after working out. Even now that I'm in remission my stomach is upset after working out. I wonder if I'm putting too much stress on my body and my colon can't handle it
Sam
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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JM21204
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   Posted 1/29/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never noticed any correlation for me. Since being diagnosed I've worked out the same as before - about 4-6 days a week and never feel differently regardless of intensity or taking a few days off. I get flares every 4 months or so for a few weeks. I used to think that was bad, but after reading about the terrible ones others on here get, I don't feel as unfortunate.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


RyanF
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   Posted 1/30/2009 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I loooove to work out and though there are plenty of times I have to be near a bathroom, it always helps me get my system going. I hate the urgency that comes with running and ab work but quite thankful when I feel backed up or bloated. I always have to use the bathroom post-work out but always feel much better after that trip and the workout is done.
Ryan


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Began Humira on 10 Jan 2009

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pb4
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   Posted 1/30/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Regular exercise is so important for the body including the bowels function...yes some things may aggrivate like jogging/running (runners diarhea) but finding other ways like riding a stationary bike is an excellent substitute because something is always better than nothing...and working your core (abs) is of most importance for all around physical health so don't over-do your abs but definitely do work them....if your UC is affected the next day by your workouts then I'm betting that it's not your workout but just the nature of the disease of UC, same with it affecting you a few hours after you've worked out...there are so many forms of exercise that there has to be something that can fit into pretty much any IBDers life, many forms of yoga, there's pilates, aquasizing, light weights/cardio to extream, biking, walking, power-walking, tons of options.

Something is always better then nothing and if you do nothing then you'll find out as you age that "nothing" was the wrong choice....IBD or not.

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


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/30/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Peety - these old joint.... its not the years its the miles. LOL. And as hard as I was on this body when I was young... There's alot of milage on it. LOL.I never listened when other older people told me what I was doing to my body. Same as the young people don't listen today when I tell them. LOL
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 1/30/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
     Uncle Bubba...OLD??????  Since when is 38 OLD?  Sheesh....what I wouldn't give to be 38 again.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


love4cats
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   Posted 1/30/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I only have a problem when I am flaring. I have to have a bathroom close by as about 15 minutes into my workout I need one. In remission, I bike 40km, use an eliptical 30mins per day and so some minor weight training with no problems. I love working out and get depressed when I can't.
 
 
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.
 
 


njguy69
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   Posted 1/30/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Not for me it hasn't. I've been bodybuilding for over twenty years, I currently am a competitve cyclist, plus I took 16th in my state in mountain biking. I also do martial arts and boxing. Ofcourse, doing abs and core is essential. I feel great!

Asacol - four a day
6 MP - 1 tab. a day
Remicade - every eight weeks.


Sara14
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   Posted 1/30/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Lately, I get dizzy and sometimes nauseous after working out at my "butts and guts" class. We do a lot of ab work, lunges, squats, etc. I'm taking an arms class now too. I love the classes but I don't like feeling so dizzy during them. The dizziness problem just started a few weeks ago but I've been going to these classes for over a year.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL>.. okay I'm not that old... but with my artharitis, and these cold mornings... I pretty much feel ancient. and crippled. Least the pred helps ALOT. one of the few up sides to that D drug.
Still can't get through an ab work out with out cramping and having to run for the bathroom. I can ride the stationary bike or jog ( in the cold I just jog in place or around the house. get the heart rate up) without problems. Until I'm done... then get out of the way... I need the throne. But like I said I work out in mornings... UC's worst time. Still the cardio only adds on extra BM to me a day.
AS for abs... I do crunches... front. and both sides... maybe someone else has a different ab excerise that won;t be so hard on my gut? Really need this as the Pred has not only bloated my face but also my gut... makes me look like I have a big beer belly. But that's probably partly cause I lost so much weight... just not loosing the gut... JUst my luck.. LOL
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Trixy's Got Butt Trouble
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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't noticed one way or the other. But I do find I have more energy and feel better all around when I do work out - even in a flare. I know working out reduces my PMS symptoms, if that helps any...LOL.
Best Wishes,
Trixy (39)
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day;
1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission;
Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status:  12/22/07 Ending 2 month flare & heading into remission - no blood, D or other symptoms since 12/22/07 :-)   Keeping fingers crossed!


jamamo07
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   Posted 1/31/2009 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
subdued said...
Working out helps my Colitis. It gets out the gas. However, I don't work out as much when I'm flaring, because I get so anemic from loosing so much blood.


I agree. Working out does make me use the bathroom, almost immediately afterwards, but it is generally a good bm, and it does help push out all the gas because I am usually bloated.


smhair

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   Posted 2/1/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read that exercise will make your bowles move(naturally) I work out with this crazy thing called a kettlebell, you get cardio and strength training in one quick workout,and it's really good for old joints I'm 46 years young
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