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kia c.
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   Posted 12/22/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm curious about what type of a doctor treats most of us for our Crohns.  My general physician did all the initial tests ... had me see a rheumatologist ... he in turn pointed me in the direction of the gastrointerologist.  So, my GI treats me for my Crohns. 
 
But here's why I ask.  The other day - because of on-going back pain - I saw a new chiropractor.  He claims that we don't get Crohns ... and that if he treats my "whole-being", we can work on all my problems.  I like the sounds of adding alternative health-care methods to my regime.  But when these practitioners talk, it sorta sounds like hocus-pocus.  How can a tug of my leg, or a thump on my back, "cure" my Crohns? 
 
kia
 

MikeB
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   Posted 12/22/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
It can't. Chirorpractic is basically slightly advanced physical therapy that may -- may - have some benefits for treating spinal conditions. It is NOT general medicine and any chiropractor who claims to have treatments for conditions like Crohns, or any other none-structural condition, is simply a dangerous quack. There are only two physicians truly qualified to treat Crohns on a long term basis -- primarily a gastroenterologist, or failing access to one, a board certified internist who has solid knowledge iof IBD. General surgeons are part of the mix when there is a surgical procedure to be done. Frankly, while there may be a few chiropractors who understand their limited roles in health care, I would go to a veterinarian first.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 12/22/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
kia c. said...
 But when these practitioners talk, it sorta sounds like hocus-pocus... 
kia
 
If it quacks like a duck...
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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Nanners
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   Posted 12/22/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with Rider, I think this guy is just trying to get your money. There is NO cure for Crohns, sorry!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Zanne
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   Posted 12/22/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
My grandfather was an Osteopath. They are trained in a similar manner to chiropractors, but are actual MD's. If you like the ideas that are being put forth by this doctor, why not seek out an Osteopath. They have a similar background, but can actually write scripts, do medical procedures, have privileges at hospitals..... In other words, they are REAL doctors. OK, so maybe I was brought up in a slightly biased household. stepping off my soapbox now.
Suzanne

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.....


mintyamy
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   Posted 12/22/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a chiropractor tell me he can cure my crohn's. Total nuts! Not all, but some are. He wanted me to take no meds at all, and just come 3 times a week for adjustments. No thanks.
23/female/NJ/diagnosed at 16
pentasa/prednisone/levsin/folic acid/ensure/vitamins
resection surgery in '05
 
 


FunGuy
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   Posted 12/22/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a chiropracter tell me he could treat my crohn's with lasers and stuff. He never saw me again. Baloney!!!!!


Wolfie40
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   Posted 12/23/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Next thing you know, Chiro's will be curing cancer.. Quack! Quack!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


JavaJay
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   Posted 12/23/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   

I would ask him just how he plans on curing the Crohn's and then ask for previous results and all the research he has done on it.  Then ask why he doesn't have a Nobel Prize for finding a cure for it.

In other words...I think he would be good with some orange sauce....quack quack.

Don't be scamed.  If you have back problems, then he might be able to help there..but for the CD stick to your GI.  He has been trained in the disease and can really help you.
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009


kia c.
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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My thoughts on the chiropractor helping my Crohns was sort of the same as all your responses.  But I thought I would ask.  I also think my backache is due mostly to nerves over the holiday season.  Thanks for your input!!
 
kia

BellsforHer
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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
My ex-boyfriends cousin is a chiropractor and he has Crohn's, I've never heard him say anything about a cure through his hands. He is in to a lot of the natural healing methods though.
35 year old Female

Entocort EC 9mg per day and Remicade

Tried Remicade 2 yrs ago for about a year and a half and loved it, got off it due to costs, tried Humira and it just didn't work for me so now back on Remicade.


~Trying to avoid surgery as long as possible~


pimfram
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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think I could have helped but laugh in that idiot's face as I walked out the door.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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mj1966
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   Posted 12/23/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I see a GI and I update my regualar doctor with info about my crohn's. I have never had a chiropractor talk to me about crohn's, but I did have a allergist tell me that I may not have crohn's after he seen what the allergy test showed. He said that it may be just my diet causing all the problems. After the tests, I asked him about it and he shrugged his shoulders and said "well we won't know for sure until you change your diet"! I guess with any kind of problem if you change your diet you will see results for the better, but to say that you don't have something is quite bold.

kia c.
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   Posted 12/23/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
SugarSmith ...
It's interesting that your allergist said your diet could be causing all the problems.  The new chiropractor made the comment that I probably have a "horrible diet".  ???  I thought; how the f*&k do YOU know what my diet is like.  Just because I have Crohns doesn't mean my diet is "horrible".  It may not be the best right now ... but I wouldn't say it's "horrible".  Arghhhh
 
kia

Rider Fan
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   Posted 12/23/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Of course Kia, we're all sick becuase we don't take proper care of ourselves.

You should have told him that if you wanted to hear an arrogant comment you would have gone to a REAL doctor!
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


lamb61
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   Posted 12/23/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My 2 cents. In 1982 prior to being dx with crohns, I went down this path with a chiropractor ------- long story short I almost died. I needed real medicine & surgery not supplements & adjustments. I think it's ok to supplement this with traditional medicine to treat back & joint issues but NOT crohns.

Lorraine
 

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