Exercising during a Flare

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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I was working through a flare pretty successfully with the help of Prednisone and had started lifting weights and running to offset the weight gain and stress caused by the medicine. I had gotten to the point where I had no blood at all until the other day when I did an intensive Abs workout. Since that day, I have had blood again, and I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with this. I don't know if this is a silly oversimplification, or if by stressing that area of my body, which sends extra blood there, might have contributed.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me! I just found this forum a few weeks ago and have already received so much great advice. This is my 3rd flare, so I'm still trying to understand my situation, but I hope that once I do I can be as helpful as you have been to me over the past couple of weeks.
28 Years Old.
Diagnosed Dec 2007
3 Asacol 2x a day; Prednisone During Flares
Typically flare once a year.

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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI was a big believer in regular excercise for those with UC and since I was a regular exerciser I was happy for his support. The only time he reined me in was when I had chronic diarrhea. I'm a hiker and with diarrhea one does not want to exercise because it increases motility. So, in your case I would say, no, weight lifting did not cause your symptoms. UC is unpredictable as you will learn and it will drive you near crazy trying to figure it all out.

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

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   Posted 4/24/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I exercise regularly and do major ab workouts with no issues (including no bleeding brought on by it) of course everyone is different, but even before I got my bleeding under control there was no real rhyme or reason to bleeding for me, it would happen whether I worked out or not so often bleeding can just be coincidence but it's easy for us to make a specific association with it being caused for by something we've done (or not done) when infact it can just happen without it being specific to something like ab workouts.

A good thing to do though when you do notice bleeding (just incase it is connected to your workout) is just take a day off the next day and then when you work out again after that step it down a notch, but definitely stay as active as you can handle. Just adjust accordingly is all.

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

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   Posted 4/24/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Omans, I should have asked you if you ever take any NSAID's products, like advil, aleve, aspirin, ect cuz those contain NSAID's which are suppose to be avoided if you have an IBD as it promotes bleeding in the intestines.

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

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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I generally would give it a go several times, and see if I get the same results each time. This disease gives alot of coincidences. Not had ab exercise increase a flare.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed

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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
How much blood? Blood in the stool, on the toilet paper? Bright red or darker? It would be helpful to figure out if the blood is from ulcerations or possibly just from hemmorhoids (internal and/or external).

I agree with the others that ab work shouldn't cause an onset of bleeding.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 4/24/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't see any connection between my UC and exercising. When I had my first and second flare up, I've completely stoppped to do everything and did not see any result, so now except really bad times when I go to toilet 8 or more times a day I'm exercising, lifting weights and even do hard abs training and I see blood very rarely.
UC (Proctosigmoiditis) april 2008
Prednisone 25mg
Asacol 3x3
Asacol enema every second night
colon dophilus probiotics
flare up

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   Posted 4/24/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I also do ab work. It doesn't make my flares worse. However, figure skating did.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 4/26/2009 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thought I was a bit crazy. I just started feeling a bit better again and started three things up that I hadn't done in a while, 1. Drinking 2 cups of coffee in the morning, drinking soda water (not soda the carbonated water) and working out. I was doing sets of abs in between each set of lifting and about 3 days later had HORRIBLE stomach pains and blood in my stool again. I have been on Prednisone the whole month and I was getting back to normal for the first time in a long time, now every time I move I get a horrible nauseaus pain in my stomach and have to go, about 15 times a day. I don't know if the ab work out is what caused it but I see the doc on monday, gonna bring it up.
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