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Jen O
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 8/2/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys!

I know that we have done a couple of those threads lately to the effect of what do you like to do when you are not worrying about your UC.

I don't remember if anyone else likes to run.

Here is my problem / question:

I think I am really over the hump with my UC. 6 weeks ago I was ready for surgery and now I have tapered off the Prednisone (about 3 weeks off) and the Azathioprine has kicked in. I really feel good, back to the pre-UC habits EXCEPT: whenever I try to go running for exercise! Yesterday I had only 3 BMs. Not urgent, etc. I did not exercise yesterday. This morning I got on the treadmill (it was raining outside) and I wanted to run. Well, I had to stop about 5 times during my 4 mile run! (to have a BM, of course!) I got up early so my daughter could be sleeping and I wouldn't have to worry about entertaining her while I was on the treadmill. On Thursday, I went for a 3.5 mile run, outside, but she was at camp, so I didn't have to worry about her. I ran at 10:00. No troubles with that run!

So, do you think I will just have to wait until later in the day to work out? Or am I really not doing as well as I thought I was?

Thanks guys for your help.

Jen
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Started Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009 and Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Multivitamin
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I am/was a running addict, but have noticed that after I go for a run, my symptoms get worse for a day or two. So, I haven't been running much at all recently, and am doing yoga instead for now.

I agree that it might be a good idea to wait till later in the day to go for a run, because the mornings seem to be harder on many of us.

Also, since you've only just recovered from a recent flare, I would recommend that you don't push yourself too hard when exercising. Especially no hill-sprints! (my favorite)

Good luck with it.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


jujub
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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually early morning is the hardest time for us. If you look back through the forum, you'll find a lot of people talking about having to get up extra early in order to be able to get to work on time.

I never try to go the the fitness center before 10; even though I'm in remission, I still need a bit of extra time in the morning.
Judy
 
Ulcerative colitis forum co-moderator
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 


TLB37
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 79
   Posted 8/2/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey jen i don't run but i do play tennis when i can . I have to play late in the day for the same reason . I have tried to play in the morning and would have to stop and get home to the bathroom . Morning are just bad for most of us with uc .
    Female 37
 
   20 years of Ulcerative Colitis
 
  meds,  2 Lialda, 3 Azathioprine, 1 Celebrex, Cymbalta, Mirtazapine,
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Jen O
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Total Posts : 136
   Posted 8/2/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies guys!

I know from lurking a lot on these forums (and my personal experiences with my flares) that mornings are bad for UCers. I thought since I really am doing well, maybe mornings would be OK for exercise. I guess I'll just have to chock it up to this dreaded disease and will have to give up this morning routine. Maybe I'll just have another good reason for teaching my 5 year old how to ride her bike, so she can come along with me on my afternoon runs! :)

I guess lots of you guys have had similar experiences!

Jen
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Started Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009 and Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Multivitamin
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/2/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jen, I agree with what everyone has said so far. Find a time that works best for your exercise. I particularly agree with Rio in Maryland who said ease into exercise, don't go full tilt right away or you may find your symptoms increase the next day.

When I was still flaring and tried to run, I reluctantly found it was more practical to do it on the treadmill even though I prefer running outside. At least if you are on the treadmill and the urge hits, you can make it to the bathroom. I know others on this forum are comfortable with running behind a bush or building and dropping their drawers, but I seem to have a hangup about it! :)
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Jen O
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 136
   Posted 8/2/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, I would be way too embarrassed to run behind a bush! I guess if I HAVE to run in the morning due to my schedule, I'll have to do it on the treadmill! I so hate to waste the little time to be outside that we have in Northeastern Ohio! :) (It is SNOWY WAY too many months of the year!)

I know that everyone says to start slow and I have been working back into things these past 6 weeks or so since the Pred calmed things down. I have been doing that. I have worked with way too many people (I'm a Physical Therapist) that have had major tendon injuries after being on Prednisone. I worried about my work requirements (possibly having to catch someone to prevent a fall or something) and now that I'm back to feeling well, my exercising, causing an injury! So believe me, I'll take it slow!

Jen
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Started Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009 and Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Multivitamin
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each


subdued
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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to figure skate, mostly in the evenings or late afternoons. I found the tights put a lot of stress on my colon. So did the impact of the jumps. And the spins made me bleed more. After my second flare, I gave skating up and now do Classical Indian Dance, which entails a lot of stumping and some spinning; so I'm still getting a high-impact exercise, which is good for the bones but not so high that it makes my symptoms worse. And I'm able to continue practice spinning, while not spinning so fast that it makes the bleeding worse when flaring.

Perhaps using the machines--such as treadmills and elliptical trainers--in the gym would help. You would still be able to build up your running muscles while not putting too much impact on your colon.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).


LuckyLindy
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 226
   Posted 8/2/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I always just make sure I run after a BIG bathroom trip. 7.5 miles fast Friday and 10 miles yesterday, what a great weekend.
33 year old male
diagnosed severe pancolitis in 2004, unresponsive to all drugs
turned down recommendation to have j-pouch surgery
have been mostly symptom free since 2004 via diet modification (removed all carbs)


Jen O
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 136
   Posted 8/3/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
And just to cap it off, I really love to run but can't stand weights and other strengthening exercises.  Just to give myself a break, though, I do it.
 
So I got up early this am again...did about 40 minutes of lunges, rubber band arm exercises, etc.  Did not have to stop once.  Did not go to the bathroom until more than an hour after I finished working out.  And only once.
 
Go figure.  Mother Nature's way of saying stop running and do weight training instead.
 
Jen
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Started Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009 and Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Multivitamin
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa, Prednisone 2 times for about 3 months each


Eva Lou
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   Posted 8/3/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't run but I swim laps- usually after work, around 3:00pm. Last week I tried to go at 9:00am, after I dropped my daughter off at summer camp. Big mistake- I did 34 laps & had too haul out of the pool ASAP, clenching my butt cheeks the whole time! I was embarassingly close to having an accident in the pool- THAT would be bad. When I go in the afternoon I do my 40-50 laps with no problem, & that's after eating thruout the day. Just can't do mornings- I start going to the bathroom at 6:00am, when I wake up, & I keep running to the can every half-hour or so 'til at least 9:30ish. Oh well! I was never much of a morning person anyway.... I can't imagine running in the mornings- all the movement & shaking would just seem to stir things up!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


AmyWaffle
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 173
   Posted 8/3/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if it is the moving that does it (added to it being early morning). It sounds like people have better luck with lower impact stuff. That colon is a fussy beast. Doesn't like to be messed with in the morning.
Me, I don't bother exercising. I figure I get enough exercise running back and forth to the bathroom a gazillion times a day.
Good luck Jen!
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.
My life is one big flare.

Asacol, Azathioprine, Prednisone, Rowasa
First Remicade 6/22/09

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