Chiropractic for UC?

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Christine1946
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   Posted 7/15/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
     Years ago I went to a chiropractor for spasms of the stomach and he helped me a lot.  I would like to try one now for this Ulcerative Proctitis as I do feel a lot of anxiety.  However, I have full blown osteoporosis ( minus 3.5 to be exact) and worry about them cracking my bones and winding up with bigger problems.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


quincy
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   Posted 7/16/2009 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
uh, nix the idea of the chiropractor unless he can use an adjustment thingie that can to a small adjustment. don't know what it's called.

It won't change the aspect of your UC, however....I see a chiro and my UC hasn't been affected in any way after adjustments. But, wow...I get incredible pain relief. I don't go often enough.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


LuckyLindy
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   Posted 7/16/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I see a Chiropractor regularly, but only because my Chiropractor is my wife :)

I've found that Chiropractic helps with the aches and pains that come along with UC, and can lower the stress levels that sometimes leads to 'explosive' situations. If you have Osteoporosis, ask your Chiropractor if they have an Activator (that's the 'thingie' to which quincy is referring). If not, find one that does.

Dr-A
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   Posted 7/16/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL, I wish my wife was a chiropractor too. Actually we have progressed far passed the activator. I still do the old style manual adjusting in my office, along with a little activator for more TMJ type stuff. Mainly use computer instrument now that does all the work for me. Scans the patient, picks up the fixed joints, sets itself to adjust them, adjusts 5 worse segments, and shuts itself off when its done. Then I can rescan them and get immediate test results and percentages on how much more motion is in their spine. Sorta like putting your car on the computer but yI put your body on it, lol. It cost me 30 grand for the thing, but it's well worth it. Only thing you can't adjust is a bone with metastatic cancer, although I have had one person insist i adjust them anyway with mets. I adjust 90 year old osteoporotic patients without giving it a second thought. You have to look for a doctor that uses a pulstar, or pro-adjuster (Used both). Pulstar is better and more advanced, proadjuster a little less advanced. Several other impulse instruments out there but they rely on the doctors palpation. Still effective but just less technology used.

I've been getting adjusted for 7 years now. I still have UC, but I don't have any other problems, lol. It makes my body function better, along with my diet, and excersice and stress management. Does that affect my UC? I don't know how it couldn't, since all that makes me feel better overall.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA


Christine1946
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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
     WOW....you guys have been very helpful!!! Thank you all sooooo much!  I am definitely making some calls tomorrow.  Good thing my insurance pays for chiropractors.  Even if it doesn't help my UC....I am positive it will help my stress level go down.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


1952crp
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   Posted 7/17/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Last time I went to chiropractor, she was adjusting me & told me to relax----then snacthed a fart right out of me. We had to laugh,but it could have been a lot worse! It's a little scary hearing those bones crack.

LuckyLindy
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   Posted 7/17/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Lower stress usually = reduced UC symptoms, so if a Chiropractor helps your stress then definitely go.

Dr-A - which instrument do you use that does the adjustments as well? I'd be interested to take a look and show my wife. I know scanning equipment is becoming pretty common (my wife just bought one), but I haven't seen anything like what you have in the offices around here.

Dr-A
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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
LuckyLindy said...
Lower stress usually = reduced UC symptoms, so if a Chiropractor helps your stress then definitely go.

Dr-A - which instrument do you use that does the adjustments as well? I'd be interested to take a look and show my wife. I know scanning equipment is becoming pretty common (my wife just bought one), but I haven't seen anything like what you have in the offices around here.


I used pro-adjuster for three years. Its way overpriced and just ridiculous customer support, and outdated. I went with Pulstar when opening my new office. Their website is pulstarfras.com. Those are only two full computer MIT systems out there right now. Thing I don't like about mine is its built on silly MAC platform, lol.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA


notcryingwolf
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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was heading into remission when I visisted an applied keinesologist (spelling??), basically they are a chiropractor with more training and try to integrate body systems more.  I saw her twice with in one week and immediately after both trips, had a huge flare.  She reactivated the colitis somehow.  I have spoken with another Applied keinesologist since and was told she probably wasn't a very good one and to try someone different.  That they can offer much help in the way of testing vitamins and deficencies as well as adjusting bones and internal organs.
 
Anyone else have any luck with this?
Diagnosised in Feb, 2008 at 29 years old.  Currently on no medication against recommendation of Dr, in search of a cure, not a band aide.  Previously on Predisone, Canasa, Lialda. 


quincy
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   Posted 7/21/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I highly doubt the kinesiologist set off your flare. It could have been that you were in one anyway.

q
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 7/21/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
     Going to a chiropractor tomorrow morning.  He said he uses laser equipment.  I never heard of this.  I forgot to mention the Pulstar.  He also mentioned that he didn't think adjustment would help much for treatment of UC.  I am aware of that, but my stress level is through the roof and I don't like relying on the Xanax.  The stress and insomnia is most likely due to the prednisone.  I mentioned my osteoporosis and that about four years ago I suffered a compressed fracture of the lumbar spine in a fall.  Ten years ago I went to a chiropractor and he snapped my neck so hard it hurt for two weeks.  Never went back to that guy.  Wish me luck!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


julee70
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe I'm being naive, but can I ask why one would go to a chiropractor for anxiety instead of say a psychologist or a psychiatrist or a hypnotherapist? I always thought that chiros were for spinal adjustments. I'm just really curious. I hope you don't mind me asking. What does the chiro do to help with anxiety?

Thanks!
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


Christine1946
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
     All the nerve endings are in the spine.  I believe there are a few chiropractors in this forum.  They could explain things much better to you than I.  All I know is that I have friends who swear by chiropractric treatment for headaches, scoliosis, anxiety.
     When I was 15 yrs old (many years ago), I suffered from what my family doctor called "spasms of the stomach".  I was hospitalized because they thought I may have had an ulcer in the stomach.  Everything I ate felt like it was never digested.  My family doctor gave me a bottle of some foul tasting meds which really didn't do a thing.  It wasn't until a family friend suggested to my mother to seek chiropractic treatment for me.  This chiropractor was awesome!  He said my spine was really out of adjustment, I was so tense.  After about three months of treatment, first month, three times a week then tapering to two and then once a week, I felt sooooo much better.  My stomach problems were aleviated completely and I threw out that bottle of medicine.
     Why should I seek out a shrink?  All he would do is add another med to all the meds I now take for the UC.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


LuckyLindy
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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Regarding anxiety and chiros: The key to better health is finding the source of your problems. Medical doctors usually (but not always) treat symptoms, and aren't usually interested in solving the root cause. Look how many of those here are on massive doses of medication, or how many overweight people are on cholesterol lowering meds?

A Chiropractor will often (but not always) look a little deeper, and at least attempt to find the root cause of the problem. If you have physical problems that originate from the spine (many of which problems don't show up in the spine), there's a pretty good chance that Chiropractic can help.

Chiropractic can help people relax, reduce inflammation, decrease stress, and improve nervous system function. The sum total of these benefits often have some surprising results ... whether it be better sleep, less pain (in back and elsewhere), reduction in allergies, G.I. system regularity (particularly for IBS), etc.
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