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Stretching Causes Cramping?

Hey all,
I wrote an introduction a couple of months ago, and my ulcerative colitis is just feeling worse and worse. The past few weeks have been cruddy. I have never had the blood that most people experience, but I am going to the bathroom 3-5 times a night and at least twice that during the day. I’m a writer and I work from home thankfully, but it’s tough to get out to do things when I’m worrying about my stomach (I’m sure you can all relate!)

I just ordered “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” and I’m hoping that SCD will help me. What I want to ask you all is if you feel pain/discomfort/sudden urgency when you stretch, twist, or make any kind of sudden movement. That’s the point I’m at now– I want to do yoga to help with stress, but stretching causes my stomach to freak out. Anyone else have this happen to them or know why it happens?

I am planning to get a second opinion on my colitis from another doctor. After a year and a half of medications not working and the disease not going into remission, I want to hear what another professional thinks. And in the meantime, I’ll give SCD a try.






6 Responses to Stretching Causes Cramping?

  1. Adam
    Adam December 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Hi,
    so strange that you should ask about feeling pain/discomfort/urgency with movements/stretching…
    I can remember quite clearly having quick out of nowhere urgency often during the morning when I would bend over to tie my shoes. Might sound funny, but it was a relatively regular event when I was severe with UC symptoms. As my symptoms went away through treating it with the Breaking the vicious cycle book, the urgency that used to come after tying shoes went away as well. I never really did much stretching when I was severe, but I think the strain of bending over to tie the shoes was pretty close to stretching for me at least.

  2. Melinda December 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi, sorry to hear you are having issues. My son was recently dx w/ulcerative colitis and crohns. he just turned 5. We just did the SCD diet for 2 months and it seemed to work ok for him. He just had a flare up and was bleeding for 6 days and having that “urgency” to go 5 times a day. I found a holistic doctor that had ulcerative colitis (she cured herself from it by changing her diet) We just met w/her on Friday. She was very knowledgeable. She recommended trying a vegan diet with my son. She explained how the eggs and dairy could be causing his flare up. So its only been two days on the diet and he is eating more nutrious food than he has ever eaten. Since he is bleeding she had me put him on a blended diet (which means we literally blend everything!) She also recommended some herbal redemies to help w/the bleeding and healing the gut. If you would like her information I can provide it to you. She had ulcerative colitis and she was so sever that they gave her 2 options. 1-have her colon removed or 2-take a medicine that was known to cause cancer. She decided to taker her health in her own hands and healed herself thru diet. pls email me off the forum so we can chat. thanks!

    • Linda December 8, 2010 at 7:12 am #

      Hi Melinda! got your email but things have been so hectic because we just moved to a new home. I am glad to hear that you found a good doctor for your son. what a difference it makes to have a doctor who personally knows what it’s like to have UC. I am very interested to find out about how eggs and dairy can cause the bleeding. please email me or post about it. i hope your son continues to do well. keep us posted.

  3. Brad December 8, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    You have never had bleeding? I saw a story on a medical show on discovery (Mystery Diagnosis) and the woman started describing symptoms and before she said what she had I just knew it was going to be UC. Turns out it was a disease called Habba Syndrome its a bowel problem that mirrors UC almost exactly but the intestine doesn’t ulcer so there is no blood. I would certainly mention this to a gastro dr. it is a newly diagnosed disorder that was discovered in the late 1990s if I remember correctly. It is treatable with some drug that lowers acids from your gallbaldder. The biggest thing that made me think it was UC was that the symptoms are very bad right after eating and are alleviated by fasting. Maybe theres a chance you were misdiagnosed and its habba which is relatively controlable cant hurt to ask. good luck with everything.

    • Kristin December 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Brad,

      That’s interesting… I’m looking for a second opinion since it’s been over a year and a half since my diagnosis and I feel no better. I’m pretty confident that I do have UC because I had all the tests and the colonoscopy showed severe inflammation and polyps in my large intestine, which was what surprised my doctor. She hadn’t been sure it would be UC because I didn’t bleed, but when she went inside that’s what helped her make her diagnosis. I don’t know… it’s frustrating! I’m going to read the SCD book and try to adopt it and see if that helps. I hope it will. Even is this isn’t UC, it’s awful.

      As for the stretching and twisting, is that something you encounter at all? I will twist a certain way and I have to use the bathroom right away. It’s frustrating.

  4. Sherry December 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    I have Crohn’s and I never had any bleeding either. I was very sick when I first had it too. I’m not sure why I didn’t have that symptom. I pretty much went from basically no symptoms to vomiting and almost total blockage, but no bleeding. Not that I’m disappointed!

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