Acupuncture, anyone?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Out of curiousity, does anyone here use acupuncture as a means to help control side effects from meds or other symptoms?
(forgive me if this has been discussed before! I did a quick search and didn't find any discussions about this)
I was never one for acupuncture, or anything else considered holistic for that matter, until my diagnosis, but now I love it.  I by chance found an acupuncturist whose daughter also suffers from UC, and she has been of great help to me.  Especially right now while I am tapering off of pred, my sessions with her really help calm me down.  I have had terrible anxiety and mood swings, as well as the insomnia and a million other things.  But she has really been able to help me with my sleeping and my anxiety.  I can definitely notice a difference when I don't see her for a while.
Interestingly enough, the last time i saw her, we were discussing her daughter and how she is doing.  She had really been struggling with her UC when she went to the beach with her sister (I live in MD, by the way) and got sick.  After running a fever of over 103 for several days, they took her to Johns Hopkins, ran a host of tests, only to find nothing really "wrong."  She had some major swelling in her legs, headaches, etc, but they couldn't pinpoint a problem.  The fever broke on its own, and she has been in complete remission ever since!
Also, my acupuncturist was telling me about another friend of hers, also an acupuncturist, who had two clients, one with UC and one with Crohns, who both experienced complete remission after getting severe cases of poison ivy.  I found that facinating! (and secretly wondered if I should go find myself a big patch of poison ivy to roll around in)
Anyway, I just curious if anyone else has found any relief of any kind using acupuncture?
33 years old
Diagnosed in 2007
Currently on prednisone 15mg/day and tapering, Asacol 6pills/day and biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial

Mark & Megan
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I used acupuncture often to help me with sleeping. While I was on prednisone and flaring it was so hard to get any sleep, but when I did acupuncture it seemed to be the only thing that would help me. You may want to watch this well done video on use of 'alternative meds' for IBD treatment, it is a good helpful piece of info:
Mark & Megan
7 yrs UC to 1 year J-Pouch
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I've wanted to try acupuncture but never got around to it. I might try it once I have the baby. I really perked up when you said that 2 people experienced remission after poison ivy - I'm dealing with a pretty bad case of it right now. Sure would be nice if this brought me into remission! :-)
31 yr old female, currently pregnant.
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any more meds for now. Trying a holistic approach.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 7/21/2008 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing about the poison ivy -- treatments can include cortisone creams, which are absorbed into the system. It's possible that the boost of steroids put people into remission. You never know.

Acupuncture has helped me a lot in the past. I've posted on here before about it. You just need to find a good acupuncuturist, which can be difficult. But yes, it can really help a lot!
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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