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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone tried acupuncure for their Crohn's?

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   Posted 8/3/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried acupuncture for joint pain, and indirectly for CD. I was really pleased with the results for the joints, but really never noticed any help with the CD. I can't take any traditional meds for my joints, so my Rhuemy recommended an acupuncturist. I hate needles and am not a big believer in eastern medicine, but I gave it a shot. It took a few sessions, but it made a big difference. He also helped with colds and headaches, plus it was nice just to sit and relax for an hour. It can be quite costly, so I would recommend looking for a community acupuncture clinic. You can do a web search for one near you. They aren't as private, but the cost is significantly lower. Instead of being in a private room, you are in a lounge chair with a screen separating the patients. When my acupuncturist changed from a private practice to a community clinic the cost went from $60 an hour to $15. Huge difference. I'll give up a little privacy for that. Its not like you have to undress, you are still in all your clothes and you are still behind a curtain, but you might hear some talking. Other people have tried it for CD and should be along shortly, so maybe they will have better results for you. But I say it can't hurt to give it a try, its not invasive or destructive.

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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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/3/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
i get it done monthly. i love it. i have not noticed it helping me for crohns though. i've been using it for years, off and on. one point i was doing it weekly for a few months and noticed no improvement to my crohns, but man, other than that i felt like a million bucks! i love acupuncture.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 8/3/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have used it for years for muscle problems and training injuries. Now I have it for body wellness. I think it helped my tension and body pain but not sure either on crohn's.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried it for back/rib pain. It did help a couple times, then another time, the last time, it must've hit a nerve or something because it was SO painful...

I wish it worked. I had heard such great things about it, but didn't get the results I had wanted.
Live for today, for tomorrow you might just get hit by a semi.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/4/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I use it for my Crohn's symptoms that do not involve my gut. The fatigue, joint pain, back pain. Acupuncture works great for those. It has not helped my Crohn's, but it has helped the side effects of Crohn's in the rest of my body.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 8/4/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I go to a chiropractor for some muscle pain etc. and I had some acupuncture that appeared to help that a few weeks ago. Last time I saw her she told me that she could also do some acupuncture that would help stimulate my adrenal gland, which is not kicking in after being on prednisone for a while. She said that I could do it in conjunction with medication and it would be very effective. I am going to try it if my blood work shows that my cortisol levels are still low this week.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Prednisone 5 mg, Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium 40 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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