Hi..welcome to the forum!
I was diagnosed with endo, but had a total hysterectomy at age 38. Never a happier day.
From the literature, they consider endo a secondary autoimmune disorder...who knows, with hormone fluctuations, what's implanted wherever, it'll react. If it's causing any bowel symptoms, it could very well exacerbate or trigger UC flares.
UC flares as well as endo will cause pain in the back.
I would suggest you start rectal meds to deal with the inflammation at that end...consider that UC starts there and no matter how high the extent of your UC, it'll be the last place to heal. Start them sooner than later.
It's the chicken or the egg....
I didn't know I had endo until I had tubal ligation 3 years after I was diagnosed with UC. I didn't even find out I had endo until the first appointment with the doctor when I commented that after the surgery it was the only pain-free period I had in my entire life. His response was "oh, well that was probably because I had inadvertently burst the endometrial cyst on your ovary". Endometriosis??? I was shocked.
I had a year of hell periods and bladder problems after that...leading me to another gyno, a urologist (suspected interstitial cyctitis) and ultimately had the hysterectomy a year later. I never regretted the decision.
I don't think accupuncture will help your UC directly, but it will help with what "it" does and ultimately you'll feel/cope better overall. The less stressors you have, the easier it might be for you to deal with UC.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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 !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 9/8/2008 2:07:28 AM (GMT-6)