Diagnosed with CD in 1994;
In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail. Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.
Thank you, onthecan and pb4! I know quite a few members here have back pain problem. If they cannot tolerate oral NSAID (aspirin), why not try the topical form?
I live in the United States and have visited the CVS pharmacy stores quite a few times. CVS carries Bengay and some other topical analgesic patches. But I could not find any NSAID Cream to more potently reduce the pain and inflammation on my back. Those above mentioned NSAID topical creams should be available from Amazon.com and a few other online stores. Voltaren Emulgel is available in Canada.
What Chinese herbs am I taking? Long story short: I go to China twice a year and I would see this old Chinese herbal doctor in Beijing. This doctor is very experienced and it is very difficult to book an appointment with him. Anyway, he would write an herbal prescription for me, which is made up of some 16 different herbs. Those herbs work together to help me control my disease. I boil those herbs and then drink the liquid almost daily (he told me: take medicines for 3 days and no medicine for 1 day). I have noticed remarkable improvement in my disease, but haven't noticed any side effects.
I know this may not be practical for everyone. First, I am bilingual and understand both Eng/Chn. Second, my insurance does not cover my trip expenses as well as the herbs, though I save them lots of money on prescriptions. Third, the herbal drink can taste bitter at first, so someone may not like it. But I am used to it. I know we all people face tough choices in our lives: healthcare, jobs, money, where you live, etc. But I have made the tough choice that health always comes first. Without health, you can hardly have anything else.