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Friday, September 20, 2013

I planned to run 4 miles this morning. Last night I mapped out the route. I got up at 5:00 so I would have enough time. It was dark and cold, and I was determined to do the full four miles. About 2 miles out I began to get GI cramps. For me, GI cramps means trouble ahead. I cut my run short. Luckily I was able to cut through my route and jog a half mile home. And just in time too.

I have had Crohn's Disease since I was a teenager. I had a chunk of my intestines removed about 17 years ago. My intestines don't absorb enough fluids, so I take a medication to bind the stuff going through me. Every once in a while the binding just doesn't seem to work.

I only ran 2 1/2 miles today. After taking care of business, I took the dogs out for 45 minutes.

I did a lot of reading on the internet today about this problem. I didn't really learn anything that I didn't already know. I pretty much know what foods to avoid. I thought I had it under control.

Do you think I can control this with my brain?

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  • JNK125
    I'm so proud of you for getting out there and getting in a 2.5 mile run. I'm so sorry to read about your Chron's disease. I can only begin to imagine how frustrating it must be at times. Give yourself for running the 2.5 miles! I'm so proud of your commitment to become healty regardless of the obstacles you face. I think the brain can help you remain positive in spite of your disease and keep you motivated to achieve your fitness goals regardless of the obstacles that exist. I'm so proud of you~!
    1762 days ago
  • ONESTRONGSIREN
    First, I'm so sorry you have Crohn's Disease. That has to be really hard and I'm sure very frustrating and life interrupting at times.

    Good for you that you are out there running and trying stuff. I've read other people's blogs about how other folks will blame them for their flare ups when they do work out, run, etc. You should be proud that you are taking steps to be a healthier you with your Crohn's.

    Can you control it with your brain? Only you are going to be able to find out. Brain work on all sorts of diseases is still in it's infancy. Our scientists have barely uncovered how the brain works and all of it's power (or limitations). Try some stuff, see what you find. =)

    We're here for you. Big hugs!
    1765 days ago
  • CLAIRESGG
    Yes, I know how you felt. My dad had Crohn's and had most all his intestines removed in 1970. They didn't know much about it then and told us he might live a year. He lived 30 years! But yes, he had those spasms often and was really never able to control. It is definitely not controlled by the mind. Diet seems to be a good way to help though. Good luck.
    1765 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Oh, I kinda know what you mean as i have had irritable bowel. My last flare up was so bad it lasted for 3 days and the last day, I was so sore from the spasms. Just terrible! So glad the you "made it"! To be honest, I think trying to control it with the mind then logically speaking means it is "all in the mind" and not an actual disease or physical problem. The mind has power, but when I was looking up irritable bowel, it was said that it is "in the mind". What a load of garbage to say that it was caused by the mind as confirmed by my gynecologist. I know things can be psychosomatic and how we can make ourselves sick and such, but when you have an actual disease, it is just out of that scope. My opinion.
    1765 days ago
  • STRONGERLEANER
    So sorry about what happened. Glad you were able to make it home in time.

    Is there a support group in your area? Has your doctor got any good tips to give you?

    Maybe keeping a log of foods, activities, stress, sleep will give you a good idea of things that hurt and help.

    Hoping you find some things that help make the condition more manageable!
    1765 days ago
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