So sorry to hear you are suffering so. As a suggestion to help with the pain I use a heating pad. Putting a warm/hot compress on your gut really is soothing. I actually use a microwavable corn bag. You put it in the micro for 2-3 minutes and then lay it across your belly, really helps alot. Hope your meds kick in soon and you get feeling better too.
As for how much time off, it should be as much as is needed. No two flares are the same, so until you are comfortable going back I wouldn't push it.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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