This article scared the crap out of me!
"despite improved therapy, IBD patients, particularly those with Crohn's disease, continue to face an increased risk of death...the risk for CD is increased not only for gastrointestinal disease-related causes, but also for respiratory disease and infections." Dr. Lisa Herrinton
Like I wasn't wigged out enough by having this disease. What this says to me is that the drugs we use to treat our CD also suppress our already compromised immune system making us very suceptable to catch every infection out there. So do the risks of the Rx outweigh the benefits. Not for me.
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,
Lasix as needed for ankle/feet swelling
Self-proclaimed "recluse" do to CD ;)