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   Posted 1/31/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I started Acupuncture last week she told me also to stop eating wheat(so hard), she said that the bleeding from my colon was maybe coming from all the wheat i was eating.

is there someone else going to acupuncture? And does it work?
maybe not for crohn's but maybe for joint pains or just pain in general.
24 year old female

Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..

Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort

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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I love acupuncture, when I can afford to keep up with it. I find that it keeps my over-all health and pain more balanced. Nothing crohn's-specific really.

If you're thinking about ditching the wheat, I would do some research first to see if you want to try the diet first or try to get a confirmed wheat allergy/sensitivity (which is not easy). I am really noticing help from going gluten-free, but I wish I had a biopsy for celiac's disease/sensitivity BEFORE I did the diet so that it would have been accurate. I notice good enough results that it isn't worth going on wheat again just to test the biopsy, but in retrospect....

I definitely say go for it with the alternative docs... if they can keep your pain in check, it's worth it! Also, I found that with a little sweet-talking, my acupuncturist will seriously reduce his costs if you set up a regular schedule. Might be worth asking about?
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
'cade stopped working in '08 and I've been scrambling ever since.
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, and Prednisone
Soon to Start:
Cimzia, acacia fiber supplement, and L-Glutamine

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   Posted 1/31/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been going for acupuncture for a couple of years. It can be very expensive, but it helps my joint pain tremendously. My acupuncturist runs his clinic on a sliding scale. He charges $15 - $35 depending on how often you go. The more often you go, the cheaper it is. It is a community acupuncture clinic. You can do a web search for them. They are all over the country. He used to be in my Rheumy's office and had to charge much more because he could only see one patient in an hour. In the clinic setting, you lose some privacy, patients are in lounge chairs with screens separating them instead of being in traditional offices, but it is so much cheaper. I don't mind the difference, there is soothing music to muffle the consultations with the other patients and for the most part you really can just sit back and relax. I have had him help with colds, congestion, headaches, and of course my joints. He knows about my CD, but I don't really think it helps with that. But it really does help the joints.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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