thanks all for your words of wisdom and comfort.
I will be sure to ask the doc about what may be causing the blocks. I agree that a planned surgery is better but my doctor is one of these guys who just doesn't want to cut....and that is a good question...why do the dr's and surgeons not want to cut a crohns patient...i was told on my visit to the ER that if i did not have crohns they probably would have done the surgery that night....but because of the crohns they chose to wait and see if it would resolve itself. I have heard that once you cut a crohnie you just keep cutting every few years until everything is gone....any truth to that?
I am supposed to see the doc this Friday and we are going to discuss the surgery....he has admitted that 5 attacks in 6 weeks is a big indicator that the surgery is needed and that waiting may only prolong my pain and put me at risk, especially since i travel so much...I live in the Tampa, FL area but so far for the rest of this year I have trips planned to DC, Texas, Iowa, Los Angeles, Costa Rica, NYC and harrisburg, PA. So there is a very real chance that I could get sick in one of those areas and need surgery away from home.
My doc said it is a simple resection...any thoughts on how long I will be out of commission? What is the normal recovery time for a surgery of this type that goes well?
I am on zero maintance drugs because as you suspect they do nothing for me...even the Humira I am on now did very little to help. I used to take 12 Asacol pills a day they did nothing....steroids nothing (except all the negative side effects)...pentasa...medical enema's..the works....no positive results. remicade is the next step I think.
I am beginning to wonder if I have issues other than just the crohns the could be affecting my small bowel...the colonoscopy always comes back as only showing minor issues yet my symptoms are those found in more severe or moderately severe cases...so I just need more answers.