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Mildewval
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   Posted 9/3/2007 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Have any of you tried acupuncture for UC symptoms of cramping, pain, nausea? I am thinking of trying it but really know very little about it.
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.


DanthaMan
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   Posted 9/4/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I did acupuncture, and it really helped with stress and it made me relax. I thought it was really neat, but as far as it helping with my symptoms, its hard to tell because they are always up and down anyways. I would say just for the relaxation, its worth it.

Mildewval
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   Posted 9/4/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks DanthaMan. I think I might give it a try for that reason alone. Relaxation is important and I htink it lessens my symptoms when I'm relaxed.
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.


Mildewval
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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 9/4/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks DanthaMan. I think I might give it a try for that reason alone. Relaxation is important and I htink it lessens my symptoms when I'm relaxed.
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.


UCSFer
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Total Posts : 25
   Posted 9/5/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I am doing it now and I can definitely tell that it helps with stress. In fact I believe my flare was triggered by stress and thus I fund acupuncture beneficial. It isn't very expensive so giving a try is a good idea. I wouldn't think of it as panacea through:(

senaid
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   Posted 9/5/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   

You can look up my past posts... I have had amazing success with acupuncture.  The first time I went 4 hours before I need to go to the bathroom. That was a major accomplishment for me. I continued to go 2x - 3x week.  I went into remission, kept going and stopped when school let out for the summer. I didn't have anyone to watch my kids... and of course, I thought, "I'm in remission!".  Well within a couple of weeks the bleeding started again. I just got my kids back to school and am ready to start back up with the acupuncture. 

 I cannot stress this enough: MAKE SURE THE ACUPUNCTURIST IS ACTUALLY A CHINESE DOCTOR. DON'T GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR WANNA-BE.  GET SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY STUDIED THIS AND IS DEGREED! OTHERWISE YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME AND MONEY. 


Diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis - 2003.
 
Remission until late 2006,  Flared again from 11/06 to 4/07:
 
Currently in remission!! YEAH!
 
Doing acupuncture once a week.
 
I take Immunplex (multivitamin), Vit E, Fish Oil, Probiotic Eleven, Slippery Elm. Also started taking pH Balance Green because of inflammation in the finger joints (which I believe to be all connected to the proctitis inflammation as well... inflammation just moving around until I get healed!)
 
Had allergy testing done as well.... allergic to cow's milk and shellfish (no outward symptoms of this at all), but laid off those foods as well.


winni
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   Posted 9/7/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried acupuncture when i was first diagnosed, i went once or twice a week for about 4 months, i dont think it helped at all, but it was EXPENSIVE!!
Winni, 24

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: prednisone 10 mg and tapering, colazal 9 daily
supplements:probiotics,calcium and iron supplements, aloe vera gel, kombucha and cinnamon tea.
osteopenia from 1 year of being off and on prednisone.
http://www.myspace.com/harshrealmbro

finally in remission... (fingers crossed)... from the colazal


Mildewval
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   Posted 9/8/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Senaid ----Yes, I would certainly go to a properly trained doc. I didn't even konw that chiropractors did this. Have you tried cupping as well? My friend swears by it.

I think my insurance covers it so I think I'll give it a try.

Thanks everyone!
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.

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