Popcorn. Oh, ouch! Anything with a husk or a shell can do a number on us. Popcorn, regular corn, beans, peas, etc. Everyone has different tolerances (for example, I can have tomatoes but the acid causes problems for others), but a month after diagonsis you probably aren't controlled/healed enough to be trying some of the riskier foods. I would drop back to a soft or liquid diet and give your guts time to recover.
Does your doctor have you on anything else besides Entocort and Pentasa? Entocort isn't as harsh as Prednisone, but it's still a steroid meant for limited use to bring things quickly under control. It's not something anyone should take indefinitely. Pentasa can be helpful, but it's pretty mild. I'd talk to the doctor about other treatment options.
Hope you feel better soon!
Welcome to the board!!! I also have a stricture in my ileum, and believe me, popcorn is a big NO NO!!! It can cause severe problems, even an obstruction. Try softer foods for a while, at least until you see if you respond well to the treatment.
Any roughage in stricturing disease is risky. That doesn't mean you have to live on soup, but it helps to think of strictures as narrowings in a drain . . . you don't want to put whole potato peelings down there, and if you do, expect a backup.
Sometimes stricturing is related to actual scarring and narrowing of the intestinal tract, and other times it is from swelling and inflammation. I would guess yours is the latter since you just started treatment, but only time and follow up tests will tell for sure. The only real way for Crohn's patients to tell what foods work for them and which ones are trouble is to eat them and see. You now know something about popcorn.
It may be that your doctor will step you up to some stronger medications in the future, but it makes sense right afger diagnosis to try the meds you have been on and see how you respond. Keep in mind that there are a lot of medications out there for Crohn's, with more being developed all the time, and most people can live a pretty tolerable life with this disease. You will see some horror stories on here, but that really reflects the fact that people with the worst problems tend to come to message boards like this one. Hang in there!
First off let me welcome you to Healingwell. There are alot of great and supportive folks here. Sorry you have to join our club though. First off, many of us, even those without strictures find popcorn very hard on our systems. So I would definetly stay away from that, especially since you have a stricture. As for the Pentasa, I think you shouldn't have quit it. Sounds like it was helping with the D, so that means it was working. I take the sister med Asacol and once I stopped taking it thinking it wasn't working, I ended up getting pretty sick, went back on it and got better. The Entocort is going to take a few weeks to work, don't give up on it yet. I would much rather take it than the Prednisone, it has less side effects than the Pred. And lastly, since you have a stricture it might be a good idea to go on a low residue diet. I live on this diet. I eat no red meat (very hard for us to digest), I only eat fish, turkey and chicken. Try to stay away from fast foods and processed foods or foods with preservatives. With fruits you should stay aways from the peels and seeds. And all veggies should be cooked until their soft and mushy. You can google the diet and get some great ideas. I sure hope you get feeling better soon and look forward to hearing more from you soon.