Exercising and BMs

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Does exercising affect BMs in either a good or bad way?
I'm still having trouble with morning urgency, so I'm debating whether or not to exercise some in the morning and see if that'll give me less runs to the bathroom.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (7 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 20 mg Prozac, VSL #3 DS, Turmeric

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   Posted 4/29/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Regular exercise is beneficial for normal functioning bowels, if you ask any Dr. they will encourage exercise on a regular basis but likely tell you to modify it during flares...doing something is always better than doing nothing. Not only does exercise help with bowel function it also is a great tool for stress relief so mentally and physically regular exercise is important.

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

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   Posted 4/29/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that exercising in the afternoon is best for me. My colon is too messed up most mornings to feel like exercising. It hasn't helped my UC, but it's good for you so you have nothing to lose if you add exercise into your routine.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistant rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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   Posted 4/29/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I exercise regularly during the day. But I was just wondering if exercising in the morning would make a difference.

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   Posted 4/29/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't exercise in the am cuz I couldn't if I wanted to, my IBD is too active then, I have to wait until early afternoon when it's settled down before working out.

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

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I avoid exercising in the morning too, as I feel like I need to give my body a slight break, especially as mornings seem to be harder for us. That's why I also don't eat solids till later on in the day.

I think it's extremely important to exercise, and to find what exercise works well for you. I used to be a competitive runner but haven't run for a while now. I have found that if I use the stationary bike, then I get slight bleeding the day after, so I'm sticking with yoga for now as it's working well for me.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Exercise is stimulation.....so, probably a good idea to do so when one knows bms won't be triggered and cause inconvenience (unless it's used to stimulate one).

I agree it's important to exercise.....there are various exercises one can do and a regimen can always be adjusted accordingly.

*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Deacon Blues
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   Posted 4/30/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh how I wish I could run regularly again!!!! Running as my exercise causes me to have BM's...I had to switch my running times to after dark...:-0
Diagnosed with UC in Dec of 1999
PANCOLITIS-mild to moderate (remission for 2 years +!!??...i don't know...I am just SO happy when I have a good day!!)
3X400mg Asacol 3x per day
Mild flares a couple times a year
46 yrs old

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