Does your Crohn's change over the years?

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   Posted 1/26/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
   Hello to all. I had a follow up appontment with my DOC yesterday. He says I'm doing pretty well. Just to stay on the maintenance meds for now. Also gave me a script for some Hydrocortisone Suppositories which I hope will help.
   Anyway, I was talking with him about a long term outlook. He told me in most cases, "what you get is what you stay with".
   Is this usually true for most of you? Does Crohns tend to get better or worse through the years, or does it usually stay the same?
   I have read in many articles that auto-immune diseases tend to die off with age. Anyone have any input?

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   Posted 1/26/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
hey ibdoer, my cd started when I was 19 complete blockage at 20 8ft removed then another resection 1989 now it is basically stayed the same, moved up a bit in my throat and mouth blisters but bowel has been the same since 1st large surgery, for me right now is very strict vegan diet, not green leafy or diary no fried crap. plenty of exercise, understanding and love from family, I find papaya help in my food digestion, eliminates odor of bad gas and bm's

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   Posted 1/26/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, at 12 yrs old was the worst time for me pain wise while waiting to get a diagnoses. At 26 i had to have a resection of the colon i was fortunate to get 15 yrs of remmision from it where i had no symptoms whatsoever and was on no meds (I even doubted wheather i had crohns)then this time around sept 08 I got a fistula along with cramping whch turned out to be strictures in the small bowel,(I may have even got a longer remmision if i had stayed on meds!) now i feel how i did when i had my last remmission. (the only reminder at the moment is having this temp stoma)And this time i will be staying on the MEDS!!!! Bev x yeah
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   Posted 1/26/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My CD has changed many times since diagnosis 27 yrs. ago. I have had everything from mild flares to very bad ones to long remissions. My GI says it tends to follow the same path though, meaning if I've had long remissions in the past this one could well be also. I just had only my second surger on Jan 15 to remove the anastamosis site from my first surgery due to narrowing, otherwise I've been doing well. The disease has progressed over time to include positive dx througout my GI tract. I think alot depends on how you respond to the meds you are on and the type/severity of your particular case -- no one is the same.


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   Posted 1/26/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
For me, what I got wasn't what I stayed with. An intially extremely mild case (about as mild as it could get without actually being asymptomatic) has turned into something considerably more annoying over the past five years. Mind, I couldn't tolerate any of the 5-ASA drugs and pred did nothing except at the maximum dosage. I therefore went without taking anything for years; perhaps if I'd been able to follow a maintenance regime my Crohn's would have remained mild.

My early understanding of Crohn's was that it's a "relapsing-remitting" disorder. And it is that, in fact. What it took me until a few months ago to finally learn, however, is that it also very often a progressive disease. That is, it can simmer away on the back boiler for months/years/decades on end until something goes wrong and you're in hospital with an obstruction, fistula, or some other complication.

An unlucky minority get severe, attacking disease from the start. They're the ones who get complications from the beginning and require surgery after surgery. Another, more fortunate, minority have mild, stable disease which doesn't really get any worse. (I don't know what it would be like for that group, however, if they never took any medication.) For the majority of people with Crohn's, however, they either go through alternating periods of flare ups and remissions, or else they don't have remissions as such but their disease bubbles away in the background with symptoms of varying severity.

The most important thing is, though: if the meds are working, keep on taking them! They don't make the underlying disease go away, but they can keep it in check, which is important for a disease which can slowly get worse with time. Also, if you stop taking your meds, you don't know when the symptoms will come back. It could be the next day, it could be in 20 years' time. There's a very small chance it could even be never. But if the symptoms do come back, then the course they take will be unpredictable.

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Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 1/26/2010 3:37:28 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/26/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My Crohn's has stayed put (lower colon) over the years, but when flares get progressively worse it seems to spread (affect more of the colon, mouth sores, etc.). My GE also said he thinks my CD has become more active since the first flare was knocked into remission merely by prednisone, but this time we're having to resort to biologics.
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