I had two flares when first diagnosed and then enjoyed a 20 year remission med free. Mine ended abruptly with a emergency resection. I too will never be med free again, because as I was busy trying to ignore I had Crohns it didn't forget me and was still in there doing its damage. Remember diet may help to control the symptoms but will not stop the inflammation. Be sure you always stay on some type of medication, no matter what diet you figure out works best for you. I personally live on a low residue diet. Its easy to chew, easy to digest and it works well for me.
I am so sorry you had to be hospitalized, but am glad that you are on the road to feeling better. When I have been on Pred, I usually weaned down about 5 mg every week. Be sure to wean slowly or your symptoms can return. I would also suggest you take all your Pred as early in the morning as possible, this will help you avoid some of the insomnia side effects that can occur. Good luck and hope your feeling better everyday.
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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