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      #88687 - 07/11/04 06:53 AM
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Has anyone ever had yoga trigger a full-blown attack?

I did my first yoga workout a few days ago... I'm a complete beginner, so it was a very gentle workout, and only about 25 minutes. A few hours later, I had one of the worst attacks I've ever had - I don't normally get much pain with IBS, but the pain was mindblowing, and it triggered a panic attack that wasn't too pleasant either.

I didn't eat anything that day that could have been a trigger - in fact, I'm eating the "what to eat when you can't eat anything" diet again. Was it just a coincidence? I'm trying to tell myself that it was, because I was going to do my workout again today, and honestly, I'm scared to death.

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Yikes, no, that's awful new
      #88883 - 07/11/04 08:54 PM
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I am so sorry to hear this! Have you ever had exercise in any other form trigger an attack?

I haven't had yoga do this - though I have had vigorous exercise in other ways (like jogging) bring on an attack when I was already touchy or just recovering from earlier problems. But yoga has always been helpful for me, not harmful.

Were there any specific poses that seemed to affect your GI tract (lots of twists, maybe?). I'd tell your instructor, and see what he/she says.

Is there anything else that could've prompted the problem?

I do really, really hope this was just a bizarre coincidence. It seems so likely that it was, but I understand your fear to try again.

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Hi Heather... new
      #88914 - 07/12/04 06:39 AM
atomic rose

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Thanks for responding! I have no idea if exercise in any other form would trigger an attack - this is literally the first exercising I've done in at least 10 years. Well, ok, not entirely true - I used to do a lot of hiking - but I didn't have full-blown IBS at the time, so I can't say hikes triggered anything.

Unfortunately, I don't have an instructor to ask - I'm working from a tape. But there weren't many twists. I'm so out of shape that all I could do was the warm-up...

Anyway, thanks for your input. There was literally nothing else that could have been a trigger, but I'm hoping it was just a coincidence. I still haven't worked up the nerve to try it again.... maybe today.

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Ahhh... my guess is it was just the sheer physical exertion... new
      #89048 - 07/12/04 11:22 AM
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since your body was totally unused to that, you really gave it something new to deal with. I'd wait till you're feeling better, then try the routine again, but maybe go at 1/2 the pace or just do 1/2 the routine. Any type of physical exertion can rev up your GI tract just like it revs up your muscles - I think you just threw your body a curve it wasn't expecting!

You might also try working in daily walks, and alternating that with the yoga. Yoga can be a really intense workout even when it doesn't seem that trying. I'd just slow down, go gradually with things, and I think you'll end up seeing a lot of improvements from it and no more problems.

And good for you for getting back into exercise after 10 years. That is fabulous!

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Re: Ahhh... my guess is it was just the sheer physical exertion... new
      #91397 - 07/18/04 07:58 PM
BertL

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Isn't it rather common that, when you start doing yoga, there could be some temporary reverse effects in the beginning, as the body is forced to try to put things right again? Although, to me yoga (done in the traditional way) is very slow and relaxing and not at all like workout, and I can imagine that some reverse effects will get more severe if you do it fast or try to force the body into new positions (which you should not, but which is difficult to avoid in the beginning).

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