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2018/10/09 18:10:38 (permalink)
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trying to get started again after long term illness (Crohns disease)


Greetings friends,
I'll tell you a bit about myself then seek some advice from you guys. If you think you can, and are willing to aid me with some sound advice, then please chime in.
I am 40 yrs old now and very out of shape, to the point that my legs actually shake just walking down the stairs. 9 years ago I went to the doctor because I was suffering with chronic fatigue and I was losing a lot of blood from my anus multiple times per day. After multiple tests I was diagnosed with Crohns disease and multiple fistulas. I went from being 235lbs and 12% body fat down to 140lbs and unable to exercise whthin 7 months.
Over the years I have been on various different medications with no improvement. The medication I was on for the last year (Humira) didn't help my symptomes and resulted in deep depression and anxiety.
I have now decided to come off all medication and deal with consequencies, what ever happens happens. However I feel that I need to get fit and strong again, even if its just for my own sanity. I have tried several times to work out, but no matter how easy i take it I always seem to be floored for days, even weeks after each work out.
Because of the Crohns disease I dont absorb alot of nutrients from my diet or anything thats taken orally, so the first bit of advice I'm looking for is.... What suppliments are absorbed quickly and easily by the body that would be beneficial for me and help me train and limit the chronic fatigue?
The second bit of advice i'm after is.... Could anyone recommend any specific types of training or excercises that are good for gradually increasing fitness, keeping my motivation up and things that I can start at a rediculously low level to avoid the exhaution and slowly build up?
The final part of this is about low dose test shots. I am a bit older than I was in the old days when I used to train and I am wondering peoples opinions on test shots. I have looked all round the net and haven't found any definitive answers on whether it would help or hinder me. So if anyone has any experience or has heard about anyone who has had experience of test shots and Crohns I'd love to hear from you.
Sorry that was a bit of an autobiography but if you've read it all, I can't wait to hear from you. Thanks guys.
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    stinking_dylan
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    Re: trying to get started again after long term illness (Crohns disease) 2018/10/12 09:37:05 (permalink)
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    Hi Craig,
     
    Looks like you've taken quite a hit buddy.
     
    I can't offer any advice on the test shots, sorry, but regarding the other questions.
     
    Diet wise, I would check out Stan Efferdings vertical diet.  It's based on foods which are easy to digest, primarily white rice, cooked carrots & peppers, and ground grass fed beef (in the UK you can source it from paleo nutrition if you don't have a butcher who stocks it).
     
    For exercise programmes, I would recommend joining a good quality cross fit box. They often get an underserved bad rep, but the reason I suggest this is due to the coaching (check out the coaches first), the workouts are customised to your ability, they will cover all your bases (cardio, strength, mobility, etc) and they are a very encouraging and supportive crowd, which sounds like what you need.

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    Re: trying to get started again after long term illness (Crohns disease) 2018/10/12 09:56:31 (permalink)
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    Sounds like you have had a rough time.
     
    I wont give any advise, as there are more qualified people on here who will have a better idea than my bro-science. 
     
    But, welcome and all the best - I hope its a start on a road to recovery. 

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    Re: trying to get started again after long term illness (Crohns disease) 2018/10/12 10:41:26 (permalink)
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    Also, are there any particular nutrient deficiencies which your condition causes?
     
    You could try adding a bit of ox liver to the ground beef, but only if toxicity is not an issue...?

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    Re: trying to get started again after long term illness (Crohns disease) 2018/10/12 10:48:11 (permalink)
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    Loving the username naming yourself after your illness lol
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    Re: trying to get started again after long term illness (Crohns disease) 2018/10/13 05:18:06 (permalink)
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    Hi mate and welcome.
     
    Sucks to hear about your run mate. My son has Crohns too (on a side note he has been using this new drug mesalazine which has really helped in reducing his flare ups. I also did a fair bit of research on natural remedies and curcumin looked promising and I was going to try that next.)
     
    I would suggest do everything in your power to improve your uptake of nutrients before considering gear. It would be pointless jumping into a F1 if there is no fuel to drive it. Additionally it would be a waste unless you have done a few years training first. Seriously, you will grow faster naturally in the first two years than you ever will in your lifting career.
     
    So with that said, if I were you I'd look at a basic push/pull/legs routine run on Mon/Wed/Fri. This gives you plenty of time to recover and you should get good gains in the first year or so with this frequency of training alone.
     
    I highly recommend stronglifts 5x5 (google it) to start off with. The website is a fountain of knowledge. As you get fitter your body will get better at utilising available resources too. Stronglifts also breaks you in gently, starting with just the bar and working your way up.
     
    Hope that helps mate.

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