I was diagnosed in 1977 with Crohn's disease. I have been VERY fortunate and blessed! I have been hospitalized only twice - once when I was diagnosed. I have only taken prednisone twice. I have never had any surgery. Only regular meds I have taken are Azulfadine - every since I was diagnosed.
Well, my luck has run out! During my colonoscopy in Aug. 08, a stricture was discovered. A few tests later, it was determined that removing just the stricture is not an option.
I am scheduled for a colectomy Nov. 18 at the Cleveland Clinic. It will be done laporscopicly.
I have lots of questions and looking for those who have had this - please share with me your experiences.
What can expect in regards to diet? What should I avoid?
What about weight? I have actually gained weight the last several years - thanks to the change of life :)
How long did it take you to adjust to the 'new system'? My surgeon has told me I will have additional BMs per day and they will be looser, but my body would eventually figure it out and things would get better.
I would appreciate anything you would not mind sharing.
I have Crohn's, but Crohn's doesn't have me