UC and exercise

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kate22
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
does anyone find that exercising makes them flare up/makes their UC worse?  i notice that a lot of you on the forum have a positive effect from exercise.  i find that everytime i start trying to be healthier and exercise, mY UC is aggravated!  i was wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
UC since 1994
4 Lialda/day, 15 mg prednisone and tapering (down from 40 mg), rowasa, folic acid, VSL#3, flax oil, vegetarian diet


Darth Squiddious
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I noticed it got worse during my initial flare ups before I started the meds. I've got so much joint pain right now, all I can really do is walk and very small exercises.
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 10mg daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


uc_man
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel it gets better with exercise - my (unsupported, non-medically researched) theory is that my body is focusing on rebuilding muscles instead of attacking my colon. Granted, when I got REALLY run down from so many BM's and blood loss, exercise was impossible but I was very anemic so...
uc_man
25 yo
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in Spring 2003
Longest period of time without flareup: maybe half a year

Current Medications (as of 8/25/2009): 30 mg Prednisone (scheduled to taper down 10 mg weekly if symptoms improve), 50 mg Azathioprine (Imuran), Remicade (IV - had two doses (5 mg/kg), third coming up in a week), 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate (Iron - twice daily until blood test shows not anemic), 10mg Loratadine (generic for Claritin)

Current Supplements (as of 8/25/2009): Florastor probiotic (twice daily), 2x Os-Cal 500 + D, One a Day Men's Health Formula, Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was flaring, exercise did make things worse and I eventually had to abandon it completely. Once I started to recover, some very mild excercise helped me, as long as I did not overdo it. Overdoing it would set my recovery back for a couple of days. Now that I am fully in remission, exercise is a good way to stay healthy, just like it is for any other healthy person.
ack, 43, 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. 


LuckyLindy
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   Posted 8/28/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I found that exercise while on anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. prednisone) felt like replacing my knees with cheese graters. Once I dropped the pred and swore not to go back (5 1/2 years ago), I've been able to run ~5 miles per day. If I'm having problems (which for me would only happen if I introduced carbs to my Atkins-like diet), I just make sure to run along a path with lots of bathroom stops.
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)


pb4
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   Posted 8/28/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
It should get better, it also depends on what kind of exercising you're doing, especially if you're not a regular exerciser...pilates and/or mild forms of yoga are great ways to start out, then you can ease into more cardio and weights.

Something is always better than none at all.


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


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I second pb4's recommendation of Pilates. When I was taking Asacol and had wicked joint pain as a resulting side effect, Pilates really helped. It's also a good complement to any cardio you do.


ack, 43, 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. 

Post Edited (ack2009) : 8/28/2009 1:41:48 PM (GMT-6)


wrxBRAH
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 312
   Posted 8/28/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
During flares running is almost impossible for me but swimming/hot tub seems to make my uc a LOT better. Infact when I went into remission for a year, I think it was due to the regular hottub visits at my friends house. When Im not flaring exercising definitely helps the day to day bowel movements, energy level and lack of urgency.
Male 29yrs old Bay Area, California

Currently taking:
Prednisone - 30mg
Asacol - 4800mg
Imuran - 100mg


TPT
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 8/28/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I workout intensely almost daily and I feel exercise may have a taxing effect on the immune system. I love the way it make me feel physically, but, maybe it is doing damage on the inside I can't see. I have been a flare since January...

TPT

pb4
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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Exercising has no negative effects, it doesn't wear your immune system down, quite the opposite actually, that's why those who do a good/proper work out routine will notice more energy, not less.

Exercise is also known to inhibit normal bowel function, so in essence it doesn't cause damage to the inside, the only damage exercise can cause is if you're doing things incorrectly and injuring yourself that way.

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

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