Crohn's/long term outlook?

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73monte
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   Posted 5/21/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Haven't posted in a while. While reflecting on this disease of late. I tried to get an idea of what would be the biggest concern about the future with this disease. I may have made the odd similar post in the past/not quite sure. 
 
THe thing that seems the most worrisome for me is, the liklihood of the disease continuing on a pattern of progression, complications and permanent damage. I worry for my daughter that she will not have any quality of life well into her adult years. I really wish I could get off of that train of thought.
 
I have been told here (many a time actually), that most here present the most severe cases, and that may not be typical for most afflicted.
 
Is there others that have the feeling/outlook that I have? I suppose it boils down to fear of uncertainty. I find that very tough to cope with.
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


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   Posted 5/21/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever considered going for counselling? It seems like you are still having a very hard time with your anxiety. I think it would be very beneficial for you, I know it's helped me in the past and many others here. A good book is Healing Fear, by Edmund Bourne.  Good luck Tom!


32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 10mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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73monte
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   Posted 5/21/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rider Fan,

Counselling has been suggested to me here before. ( Do I really sound that bad?). I may have indicated prior that counselling is just not for me. I'm sure it works for some and I'm not knocking it. For me, it's the answers that I can't get that cause my anxiety. Counselling is not going to give me the answers I would like. Some may say that the answers I would like to get are unrealistic and that I need to be more realistic. For me I would just like to continue to get a better grasp on the understanding of this disease. Sometimes i read some just awful stories here and I start to worry. Then other times I read some good things and feel more postive. I guess I just don't know what to think about it all at times. 

Tom.


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 5/21/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
That's what anxiety is, fear of the unknown answers. We don't know the answers, nobody does, not us and not the best GI's on the planet. For some people CD completely destroys their life and even ends it. For others it's just a minor pain in the butt. What will happen next is impossible to know, counselling will help one to deal with that fact. But I hear and accept how you feel. Perhaps someone else will be better able to answer your question.

Mike
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 9mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


LMills
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   Posted 5/21/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm always afraid to be honest...I don't know how long the good moments will last. So, I have no security when it comes to a job, the stability of my relationships, getting through school, or planning for the life ahead of me in general because I have no idea what life holds in store.
I know that this can be said of anyone, but it's a different story when you cannot even be guaranteed your health.

The best you can do is plan for as much as you possibly can. I think it's a good habit for people in our shoes to develop. For instance, a few months back I didn't know how long I would be under my father's insurance pending his return home so I looked into Tenncare, medicaid, medication assistance programs, state financial assistance programs, school insurance, and so forth. He's come home now so my insurance will not be valid for much longer, but all the research and planning I did will surely come to good use now that I need it and help keep what would have been a much more stressful ordeal at bay and in check.

Point being, it's so, so frightening sometimes, and it's possible that things can get worse and worse...but a positive attitude and responsible planning can help counter the uncertainty we have to deal with every day. A good support system helps too. There are days I feel so low, but having someone around to offer kind words a least helps mitigate the harsh reality I, like so many others, have to deal with.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Nanners
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   Posted 5/21/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Tom you know my story by now (I hope). I have had this DD for over 30 years. I do not feel mine has gotten any worse over the years. I started out with a milder form and still consider myself to have a milder form. Things are different for me since my resections, but its more problems with mechanical issues really than the disease itself. By mechanical I mean, I digest things a little different, and can't eat the same types of foods I did, but for the most part I have not gotten worse.

I do agree with Rider though that I think you have alot of anticipatory anxiety going on. You are constantly worrying about the what if's.

If you are not going to go thru counselling, then I suggest you educate yourself about this disease as much as you can. Your daughter is young right now, and I will tell you I had the worst flares when first diagnosed. I think for almost all of us, the worst is in the beginning. And I think that is because of the unknown.

But I have told you before, and I will say it again.......I have had more good days than bad in my 30+ years. I have worked at the same job for almost 20 years, I have 3 grown beautiful daughters, 5 grandbabies, and am blessed with the most loving husband around. So chill, Holly will have be able to have a good life. Might be a few bumps in the road, but she still will enjoy life.

Hugs
Gail *Nanners*
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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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Stef17
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   Posted 5/21/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I was dx'd when I was 16 years old and spent the next 5 years trying to get everything under control. In that time I was able to finish high school and actually do 3 years of college. This Fall will make 20 years since my dx and in that time I have been on quite a roller coaster, BUT... I have been able to get a college degree, spend 1 & 1/2 years doing missionary work (in Canada - no 3rd world countries for these guts! :) but still...) I've found a wonderful husband who takes care of me when I'm sick and can handle this disease and all the meds. He even gives me my Humira shots. I also just had my 3rd child. While there have been plenty of struggles, I would say that my life is awesome!

I know you are scared. Not knowing what lies ahead is scary, but I would tell you that even though your daughter will have some hard struggles, she CAN have a wonderful life. She will learn to make adjustments where needed and you can be her biggest supporter. You can remind her that her life is what she makes it, even though she has this illness to deal with. The good news is that there are new and better treatments all the time. She WILL make it. Keep your chin up, dad.

pb4
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   Posted 5/21/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
about 10 yrs in with having no full remission I realized that taking it day by day was the only way I wouldn't drive myself completely crazy compared to thinking about how my CD would be down the road, good thing cuz here I am almost 20 yrs later still with no full remission.

:)
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73monte
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   Posted 5/21/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks to everyone that replied.

BOY oh BOY.......I really have to reassess. Everytime I post it seems I come off like a loon. I know that it seems like I'm depressed and down and negative etc. I'm actually a very positive person. It just never shows here. Mike really says it all, "For some this disease destroys their life, and for others just a pain". My reaction to it all to me is quite logical. I'm somewhat at a loss because I don't know which way it's going to be for my kid. I hope you all don't think I'm a basket case. THis isn't about me, I'm not looking for sympathy or pity. I'm just a regular Dad that's worried. 

Tom.


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


LMills
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   Posted 5/21/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think you're a basket case. I think you're an amazing and loving father who has a very lucky daughter in spite of her disease.
I love my dad so much, but I wish he had your sympathy and compassion sometimes. Maybe someday when he and I can talk...but you are really wonderful and I hope you realize this.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


catpower
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   Posted 5/21/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I also think you are a very caring father. However, having had grown up as a sick teenager with a worried and anxious mother (I was diagnosed with UC back then), I picked up on those feelings and they in turn made me feel bad for being sick. My mom went to counseling, after having the same concerns you did, and we even went together, and it really helped us learn to deal with it. All she could focus on were the worst case scenarios with UC, and therapy helped her focus on the present and not always worry about the future - to take it one day at a time. It did not give us the answers we wanted, but it helped us accept things and not live in fear. Our counseling did not require medications or anything, but it really helped. I would highly recommend it for you and/or your daughter. However, if you go in there with a negative attitude that it won't help you, it probably won't.

I've mentioned this before, but my brother who had severe Crohn's growing up has been hospital stay free for the past 5 years, he graduated college and graduate school, he has a stable job, and is getting married. He is only 24. He's doing amazingly well, and part of that reason is learning how to cope with it and function with this disease (the remicade has also played a huge role in that).

Good luck with everything.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


73monte
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   Posted 5/21/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks LM and CP,

I appreciate the kind words, but honestly, although it might seem like it, I'm not soliciting any pats on the back. To sum it up for me, we all have an achilles heal. In my case, it drives me around the bend when I have to live in suspense. That's the way this disease is. You're left wondering what's lurking around the corner. In December, I thought my daughter was doing extremely well, then whamo she's in the Hospital. On the bright side, I've come to think that being on only Pentasa for two years was like being med free. So if she did that well for that long, then maybe now that she is on something much more effective, the oulook will be much better. There how's that for a positive attitude!! Thanks again for your caring replies.

Tom.


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


Easier2Run
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   Posted 5/21/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI doctor has always told me that crohn's patients tend to be very driven, and I'm no exception. The stress of nursing school has done terrible things for my crohn's, but with my doctors support and my parents support I have gotten through it. I always fear that I won't be able to take the stress of working 3 12 hour shifts in a row at the hospital, coming home to family, getting the bills paid, ect. But I've learned that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. I could look at what Crohn's disease has taken away from me, but theres so much more that it has given me, that I wouldn't take back a minute. I know what I want out of life, I know how to be assertive, how to take responsibility with my own health care... managing prescriptions, insurance, doctor visits. Its given me such compassion towards the patients I take care of. Its honestly made me a better, stronger person. Although Crohn's is hard disease to live with, and the predictability is about non existent, realize that your daughter will be okay. She'll make it through, and she'll be a hell of alot stronger than those kids that have no disease at her age. And then you'll smile when she's at the top of the world and feel like the best parent ever! Trust me.
-Heather, 23 yrs. old
____________

- Crohns disease since 1995, officially diagnosed in 2003.

- Bowel resection in Dec. 07, Crohns reoccurred July 08.

- Medications - Entocort 9mg, Wellbutrin SR 150mg, Lexapro 20mg, Bentyl 10mg, Levsin, Trazadone 50mg, Humira


pb4
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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't be so hard on yourself 73monte, you're doing a great job with your daughter and I'm sure she veiws you as her rock and I'm also sure that with you being so supportive and involved with her illness that she feels that she at least isn't going at it alone as many of us have probably felt.

You're definitely not a basket case :)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Rider Fan
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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think you're a loon Tom. I just know the feelings of anxiety very well and can really see my thinking in your messages sometimes when I'm in a bad frame of mind. That's all...
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 9mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


FallColors
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   Posted 5/21/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Having a chronic disease is a nasty thing to have. This is the disease that we have. Others have some other disease. Some are born with physical and mental problems. Others have accidents at some point in their lives that leave them damaged. How many really live perfect lives free of illness, disease, or accidents? None of us were guarranteed an easy life. And all of us die. The key is to live the life you are given in the best way you can. A very smart man said "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" I like to read the book of Ecclesiastes to get a thought provoking look at what is most important in our brief lives and to keep things in proper perspective.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Ides
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   Posted 5/21/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Tom, you have been given some really sound advice by our wonderfully insightful members. I would really like you think about the future in some other ways. You worry alot about your daughter's future, how this disease will impact her life. How involved is your daughter in the discussions about treatment options? She's 15 or 16 years old now, right? In a couple years, she will be of legal age and you will only be able to be involved in these decisions if she allows you to be. I hope the engery you put into researching options is equal to the energy you give in getting her involved in her health care. I think it's important that your daughter understand and be involved in her treatment so she can make good decisions later in life and rely on her father for help during the rough patches.

The reason I say this is because of my friend. She was very ill as a teenager and her mother hovered, worried, and dictated her life and treatment with her illness at the forefront. She eventually got well, went to college, married and had children. She developed breast cancer last year at age 35. She has not told her parents that she had cancer, had a masectomy, and radiation. She was afraid that once her mother learned of her cancer that her mother would smother her as she did when she was a teen. As a mother, I would be horrified to learn that my adult child had to face such a terrifying time without me to be there for support.

I am not implying that this is what will happen with your daughter because my friend's situation is a very extreme example. However, as others have told you, your anxieties can easily be picked up by your daughter. It's a fine line we have to walk during the teen years.

You are not a loon. And some of your posts make for some really wonderful discussions about the impact of chronic disease on one's life. I am so impressed with our members thoughtful and insightful postings. I think that is one reason we have such a great community here.
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73monte
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   Posted 5/22/2009 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Ides,

You echo my sentiments exactly. There are some insightful people here, and I really respect the imput I get here from everyone. If I didn't I wouldn't be such a frequent visitor here. 

As far as my daughter's involvement goes. We don't discuss the time I spend researching her disease. I don't want to make her neurotic by "smothering" her as you say with your friend. Quite frankly, she's just not interested in learning about this disease. If she's feeling well, she prefers to dwell on being a normal teen, minding her school work, her sport and the incessant texting this generation does. 

I'm surprised when I re-read my posts sometimes that they have this underlying negativity, that has everyone recommending couselling for me. I'm going to really try to get rid of that tone. 

Thanks again,

Tom.  


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


Zanne
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   Posted 5/22/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Tom,

I think that the fact that your daughter has no interest in learning about the disease and her treatment options may play a much bigger role in her long term outcome than anything you can do. In a few years, she will be out on her own, either making all of her own medical choices or away at college. If she doesn't understand what is going on, how can she be expected to make good choices for herself when everyone around her can do as they like. My daughter just spent her first year in a dorm. She doesn't have CD, but she does show some of the same type of symptoms I had at her age. She had to learn to navigate the health care system at college and the dinning halls. Everyone around her was eating junk food, or trying radical diet plans, it took my daughter the whole first semester to figure out what she could and couldn't eat so that she didn't have daily belly aches, and she doesn't have CD! Your daughters' long term outlook is going to be a lot better if she becomes actively involved and knowledgeable about this disease. You can not be there for her to make all of her choices for the rest of her life.

Also, I think that some of your worry is because you actually have SOMETHING to worry about. As parents of teenagers, we worry every time they walk out the door. But you actually HAVE an enemy to think about, focus on, research, and stress over. However, the reality is, no one knows what CD will bring. All the research in the world won't answer your questions, no doctor can tell you "this is the path that her disease will follow". CD, is just like life, you and she will just have to take it as it comes. Give her the tools to handle it, and trust her to do the best that she can.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


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   Posted 5/22/2009 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
My biggest worry, is if Crohns is going to come back after just having a resection. I really don't want to have more surgery and loose more SB.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Stef17
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   Posted 5/22/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Tom, not to beat this dead horse to death, but I don't sense any negativity in your posts at all. None. I only see the true concern that any parent has for their child who is dealing with something serious. I don't think you need counseling. :) I think you're getting it here. :) You're doing exactly what you should - talking to other people who live with the disease and seeing how they cope. You are a great dad to want to be involved in a helpful way. Your daughter has a great champion in you. (P.S. this was not an obligatory pat on the back). :)

73monte
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   Posted 5/22/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Stef,

A thousand times Thank-You for your post. You're the first one that's percieved me that way. I understand and appreciate the suggestions for counselling, but one of the reasons that I always say it's not for me, is because I don't really see myself as reacting unreasonably. Thanks again for seeing through things.

Tom.


My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Has used Prednisone and Pentasa. Started Imuran (02/09), had an abdominal abscess (12/08). 2cm of Stricture.


yogaprof
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   Posted 5/23/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey tom, I have a couple things for you. One is, it is so scary to be a parent when things go wrong! my darling young adult son had a run-in with the law a few months ago. not the same as a chronic illness, but the fear for the future nearly killed me. things are going well now (for today, anyway!) but the anxiety around fears for a kid is powerful stuff, and reasonably so. however, that doesn't mean that therapy can't be helpful and if the time comes one feels he or she can't quite cope with life, it is manditory.
my other thought is, long-term this disease can bring almost anything. I have met several people who get their health under control and after a rough year or two are fine. some on meds, some not, but the future can really be ok. I was one of the lucky ones who found relief from surgery and dietary changes and am doing well enough. and yes, those who feel fine aren't here. I am rarely here, myself. but for a couple years, HW saved my life and I come here when I want to share some good news. 
take care. yp
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


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   Posted 5/23/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I am one who feels well and am still here everyday. I just love all that I learn on this forum and the folks are great. I think we get concerned for you Tom is because you seem to be fixated on this same question. What the future holds???? I too am glad Holly has such a supportive Dad, my Mom was wonderful when I was first diagnosed. She helped me to eat right, take my meds and get into remission in just 3 months. But after I left her care and was living on my own, it was much as Ides and Zanne described. I went on eating what everyone else ate, and basically ignored the fact that I had a chronic health condition. So I agree, you need to really work on getting Holly to accept the fact she has this lifelong illness and its best to take care of it in the good times too, not only when it flares.
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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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

yogaprof
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   Posted 5/23/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I said that wrong, Nanners. I am here, too, feeling well, because I love this place. yp
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.

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