I have only been battling with my CD since the mid to later 90's...it hit me late in life.
I had no real signs that it was coming....only one person in my family...my grandfather on my mothers side,...who has ever had any sign of IBS.
I have only responded well to one treatment, the rest are minimal in their effects. Now...I am being told that some new health issues that are appearing (rashes, severe arthritis, slow to heal, numbness in a few fingers) may be related to the CD but are also probably part of some new disease or illness that may be part of the whole autoimmune thing.
I have always been aware that the more simple my diet and the more organic it is...the better I feel...so i have come to the conclusion that there is a link to our illness and the over processed foods we eat and also our exposure to other toxins found in our water, clothes, carpets and just about everywhere.
I have just finished reading a great book...a bit dry...but still more interesting than most things written on this subject.
You may be as surprised as I was when you see ourself in parts of the book. It does not give out easy answers and certainly I was more concerned and scared for our future generations than I was before read it....but we can't keep our heads buried in the sand....being informed about what may be the root cause for our illness may help us deal more effectively with it.
dx IBS 1999 UC 2000 CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade. Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old