I like what you said about open-minded. I think Dr. Kaplan is that way and easy on the eyes as well (LOL he's probably 20+ years younger than me). I don't know how many patients he has as he only sees them one day a week. He is involved in research as well and I like the fact that I haven't had to wait long to get an appointment. He is very good about following up. I have felt good throughout all of this so once Dr. Kaplan had seen me long enough to realize this, he did not push in any direction as far as meds or surgery. He said I would not go it alone even if I decided on doing nothing, he would closely monitor me. (That was last year). Endorectal ultrasound was ultimately the determining factor and why I am having a resection of sigmoid colon. There is only two inches of stricture but it has shown constant inflammation and ultrasound showed deep scar tissue. Dr. MacLean is the colorectal surgeon and I saw him last year as well as in January. Impressed with him as well. I always try to find out as much as I can about my doctors that I am referred to beforehand. Don't really like surprises. Dr. Yan did the ultrasound or rather a GI fellow Geoffrey Williams with Dr. Yan being present. Originally Dr. Alqahtani (also from Foothills) did my first colonoscopy since he was helping out in Red Deer that summer. So I have seen a few in the short time since being diagnosed.
Thanks for the heads-up. Would be interested in knowing what if any meds you are on and other naturals?
Glad to hear that you have found some things that work for you and that your GI helps and supports natural products as well. I was initially put on Prednisone when diagnosed, I knew nothing about Crohn's let alone Prednisone and it's side effects. This was two months before my daughter's wedding. Gained 20 pounds and had moon face but since they first thought it was colon cancer, you soon realize what's important. I thought the Pred was working (stools larger in diameter and easy to pass) but next colonoscopy didn't show any improvement so I went off. Didn't know what night sweats were before Pred either but wasn't that bad. Didn't take any meds for 11 months while other things were happening. Didn't feel any different. Decided against the Remicade as I had no symptoms and didn't think it's effectiveness on strictures was that great. I did agree to Methotrexate for short term and it has shown some improvement but don't think any meds are going to take away scar tissue so collectively have decised to have the surgery. There is always the chance that there could be cancer within the stricture or at least increased risk by leaving it.
More all the time I think there is a lot to be said for 'you are what you eat' and not just for Crohn's. I was told to go on a low fibre diet and I have changed my diet somewhat. No popcorn, raw veggies, not much red meat, no soda. Have added Omega 3 and Vitamin D as well as I have drank Goji juice for a number of years (just because). Was taking a supplement which was mainly turmeric and ginger but stopped while taking Metho. I do exercise and worked hard to get rid of the extra 20 pounds after Pred.
I am hoping after surgery I can at least add more fruits and veggies back into the diet and do want to get off of Metho. No side effects but don't know long term effects. I think a person does what they have to do to try and feel better and I'm sure I could be more strict and try different things if need be.
Thanks for all the info.