so glad you found us. you will get lots of help. just know these first few months are the worst and there will be (as you have found) ups and downs as far as information. you asked about Pentasa, it is a maintanance drug that helps a lot of people, but often isn't enough to get inflammation down. Begin with eating low residue foods, and consider cutting out gluten (which has helped me so much I am back to normal) and know that you will most likely feel better when they get the meds figured out.
the capsule is super easy and rather interesting, and it makes you look like the unibomber for a day! it often gives very helpful information.
keep asking questions and take care, yp
Bizbug, I just found this site and like it. I agree with the earlier posts warning you not to assume the worst. As my GI told me straight off -- you might go into permanent remission (but probably not), you may live your whole long active life with mild intermittent symptoms, or you might develop a more severe case (but probably not). I'll bet most members here fall into the last category. It just makes sense because they need more support. So don't be scared about some stories you read here or on other websites. They're true but not representative of all or most cases.
You should also keep in mind that Crohn's is still largely a mystery. Some people swear by certain diets, while my GI told me to eat and drink whatever I want. Can't say I can tell any connection between what I eat and my symptoms (although I have tried).
Find a GI you trust and follow his/her advice and try not to worry.
I sure as heck hope no members find offense at what I write here. God bless those who have found a diet that helps. Whatever works for you -- go for it! I came here because my condition has worsened (I'm 50). I feel a need for support from people who know what I am going through.