I have been a fitness and health fanatic all my life. After reading this thread I am beginning to wonder if intense physical exercise is a precursor to ulcerative colitis. Someone should do a survey. It is already determined that some people get UC after quitting smoking.
I was a certified personal trainer and a long-distance runner (all after working 50 hrs/week in regular job). But when I was actually diagnosed, it was after a year of intensive Aikido training. While that was an amazing workout and is a 'non-aggressive' martial art, I always felt a little fear at training because I am a non-combative person. I have wondered whether the emotional stress on top of the physical stress (which I liked) played a role. I agree it would be interesting to see a survey.
These days it's just yoga and walking for me. Look forward to the energy to do more (but must be gentle!! :-)
diagnosed with UC in Feb 2007
taking 12 Asacol/day since then
take Rowasa enema as needed
Mega-dosing on iron due to anemia
Have tried dozens of alternate remedies:
glutamine, sunflower/spinach, omega3, Ayurveda, reflexology, herbal prescriptions, blood allergy testing (avoiding dairy and eggwhites), tried no nightshades, tried SCD (not very strict to be honest), tried Guts to Glory program, briefly tried David Klein diet, mega-probiotics, probiotic enemas, slippery elm enemas, etc. etc.
I know that the right combination for what my tender tummy needs is out there!