Hi there and welcome. I also had to have several colonoscopies when I was first diagnosed and found the prep to be more traumatizing than the actual procedures. Unfortunately, they had to get done to be sure of the diagnosis. Once I started taking my medication, I felt a hundred times better. But different things work for different people. Sometimes diet can help but I'm not sure that it has been a "cure" for anyone. You can do a search on this site regarding diets for Crohns but make sure to discuss it with your GI before trying anything.
As for starting a family....it's perfectly normal to be afraid to be taking drugs while pregnant. Everyone questions that at some point. But it is important to have the disease under control BEFORE getting pregnant. This is something that you will need to discuss with your GI and/or OB/Gyn when the time comes. You will find many posts on here from women who have had very successful pregnancies while on different medications and who's babies are perfectly normal.
Good luck to you!
Crohnietoo's advice is sound.
It's really nothing off the doc's back to order up another colonoscopy. They really don't see them as a big deal, but they don't have to do the prep or recovery. You should certainly be aware of your treatment options and your disease, but colonoscopies for the sake of colonoscopies is rough going.
I always ask my doctor, "Is this to satisfy your curiosty or is it medically necessary?" (And then I make them tell me why it's medically necessary.)
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 7/11/2008 11:34:35 AM (GMT-6)