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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 25
   Posted 7/2/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
After reading the numerous posts about the side effects of the meds and pretnizone, I thought I would share with all, something that provides me with a little relief from these.
Being newly diagnosed with UC I am still reading lots of books and info. As I was reading "A patient-expert walks you through everything you need to learn and do, the first year, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis" By Jill Sklar - I discovered her reccomendation of tiger balm for sore joints.
I tried it and found it most helpfull on my sore pressure feet which I get from the pretnizone. It really helped releive my discomfort especially if rubbed in 3 times a day!! It has a very strong smell and makes my feet feel hot and cold BUT it works to relieve the ache and pressure!!
OK so it may not work for everyone but I just thought I would share with you something that worked for me and made me feel a bit more comfortable!!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3231
   Posted 7/2/2009 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Tiger Balm is great for aching sore muscles and muscle injuries. I use it whenever I get a sports injury.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working

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