Many people have success with the SCD, or Maker's Diet. These diets work for some, but cause problems for others. Diet is pretty individual for each of us. I personally live on a low residue diet and it works well for me. I eat no red meat, as it is difficult for even the healthy system to digest. I do eat alot of fish, chicken and turkey. Veggies cooked till there very soft, things like that. You can google it and get ideas. I would suggest you keep a food diary and keep track of which foods upset your system and those that agree. Also, Imuran (same as Azathioprine) is one of the medication known for really getting folks into remission. It takes about 3 mos to kick in. As for the side effects, most people take much higher doses of this med than we Crohnies do, so I would not worry so much about those. There are folks here who have been taking this med successfully for 10 years or more.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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