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Roopkirani
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 5/4/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have any experience with acupuncture or reflexology to help manage UC symptoms?
24, Female
Dx: Pan-colitis, December 2000
Current Meds: 75 mg 6MP daily (since September 2001)
Previous Meds: Asacol, Prednisone (for moderate to severe flares)
Supplements: Omega 3, Flax oil, Multivitamin, Probiotic (HMF Forte)


starbuck
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 5/4/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having acupuncture for my gut and for insomnia. It doesn't seem to help the UC flair, but I think it has helped the sleep a little bit. (Except when I'm on prednisone. Nothing makes me sleep then. At least not for long, and the nightmares are so bizarre and awful I think I'd rather just get up.)

quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never tried either for UC symptoms. I have done reflexology for pain (everything that's pressed hurts)... but I would think either would help your general well-being and in turn maybe help some gastro symptoms.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


julee70
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 5/5/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes! I am a HUGE proponent of acupuncture. I was in remission for nearly a year with it -- completely off meds and feeling bionic. I was ready to check myself into a hospital and instead was nearly symptom free in about 2 weeks -- 3 or 4 visits.

BUT, here's the catch: Finding a good acupuncturist is a challenge. I am lucky to live near one who is fantastic and recommended by many physicians. I went to another acupuncurist in NYC and he was a total quack. He had about 5 patients all at the same time and he'd run between the rooms to check on us. It was completely useless and actually rather upsetting to be left in a room with needles in me.

If you're wondering why I stopped going -- I went for a year, once a week and that kept me in remission. Then I wasn't able to go for about 5 weeks and I relapsed. Subsequent visits were not helpful. I've heard from other people that this is common. The first "course" is great but if you stop, it might not work again. Now that it's been some years, I'm thinking of trying it again. I know I have to make the commitment to go consistently, which is the only stumbling block for me.

Some ideas about how to find a good acupuncturist:
*Many physicians (maybe orthopedists especially?) hear about acupuncturists because their patients will tell them what they have tried. I would ask around with doctors.
*Ask whether you will get a full hour with the acupuncturist alone. You don't want to be one of several patients in a clinic setting.
* Ask about the person's training. I'd be wary of anyone who studied in China during the Chinese cultural revolution (1966-1976) when doctor degrees were given out more freely, according to my acupuncturist.

I highly recommend trying acupuncture if you can find a good practitioner! :)
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


sore_guts
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 186
   Posted 5/6/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   

I was just wondering about this myself.  I was recently reading on Dr Weils website about things to try for IBD.  He highly reccommends modern Chinese medicine including accupunture.  I have a hard time believing in things that arent traditional, but at this point I'm ready to try just about anything - especially if there aren't any side effects.

julee70 - where is the good accupuncturist you were seeing? 


 
sore_guts
 
36 year old female with left-sided UC
400 mg Asacol 4 pills 3 times/day lialda 1 pill 3 times/day
making some very light attempts using Rowasa enemas just cant seem to do these
iron supplements 3 times 1/day
multi-vitamin 1/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 1/day
 
 


texaswindmill
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 5/6/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   

I started seeing a "dart thrower" about a month ago and it has helped me overcome my latest flare. I did it 3 times a week and now I am doing it once a week. It helps with my colon, my stress level, and my hemi.

I recommend it.


Cheers,
Texas Windmill
UC: Left sided colitis, DX Nov-06
Started treatment 13-April-07: Asacol 3x3 and Bentyl as needed
As of 5-Mar-08: Flaring! Meaness on a stick!


princesscolon
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 5/6/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
about how much does it cost per visit for accupuncture? Is it safe if you are on immunosuppresants to get it?
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08


julee70
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 5/6/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Sore_Guts: There's someone good in Connecticut (who I saw) and I just heard of someone outside of NYC, maybe in Westchester. I never found someone good in NYC, which is insane. I'm sure there must be a lot of great people there.

I paid about $105 an hour but that was about 5 years ago. I would think that $125 for a whole hour of individualized care is still a good deal. But I'm in the Northeast where everything is pretty expensive.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy

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