It is great to meet someone else who has decided to take the bull by the horns so to speak! I am not on meds either. I haven't not forgotten my disease, wouldn't be able to if I tried, but respect my body and what I put in it! I believe you can do this, and I really hope it works out for you.
When i told people here that I wasn't taking meds I was told the same story. Don't let it worry you. You know what is right for you. A maintenance med does nothing but mask a sympton that will rear its ugly head. With no meds you are able to know what is happening with and to your body with every bite and step and stress in your life. You can never live your life like you don't have crohn's, to do that will bring trouble! but i say, Hurray for you! Like you said, you can do it if you put your mind to it.
All the best!
Post Edited By Moderator (MMMNAVY) : 8/23/2008 6:00:38 AM (GMT-6)
Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: 2 Patches of Mild Chrohn's Colitis (unconfirmed)Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate)
Yes LondonRed it was great, I miss those days, but it ended ugly unfortunately. Kelsey, I hope I didn't make you think that you couldn't do what you set your mind too, because I believe you can. I just want you to always remember that you have a chronic illness. I just want to make sure you do all you can to keep yourself healthy. PB4 gave some great tips to do it naturally. I think if you are cautious with your diet, get proper rest, and keep your stress levels down you should do well. But I still personally believe you should take some kind of maintenance med to keep the inflammation down. I just don't want you to totally ignore your disease and have a bad end to your remission like I did.
I have been able to accomplish much in my life even with Crohns. I have been at the same job for almost 19 years, been married, have 3 grown daughters and 5 grandkids. So you too can have a life with Crohns, but just be sure to take care of yourself too. ((HUGS))
Post Edited By Moderator (MMMNAVY) : 8/23/2008 6:07:53 AM (GMT-6)
I don't recommend anyone come off any drugs they are taking. I recommend everyone become more knowledgable about the natural course of the disease. The natural ebbs and flos. Instead of talking about this med and how it effects you, from my point of view, it would be great to talk about how you deal with things without meds, but I am a small fish in a big pond.
I don't want anyone to think I am putting them down for being on meds, critizing them for being on meds. I know that for the huge majority, now that they are on them, getting off them would be a huge step. I know that for a huge majority the meds help with the side effects of this disease and have a more normal life and that is great!
I definatley don't think I am better than anyone for not being on meds. I do know that from several people on this site - and I post very infrequently because of this - I get very defensive feedback. Please don't take me that way - I only want what is best. And most of you would agree that being able to cope with this disease without meds would be better and that the meds themselves come with some pretty nasty side effects.
I also get the assumption that because I am not on meds that my CD must be mild. I can tell you that at diagnonsis it was 70% of my small intestine. My last barium (5 months ago) now shows that it is only in the ileum. That is with no meds from the GI or GP. I suffer some similar things to most people here and would like to be welcomed onto this site regardless of whether I take the meds or not and be able to put across the point of view that meds are not strictly necessary, I am living proof of that. I am more than willing to listen to you say they are and respect your point of view.