From what I have read many Crohn's patients have lactose intolerance and the ones who do not, may have lactose intolerance when they are in a flare, and are ok in remission. I am not currently living in Chicago, but sometimes I wish I was, as there is a mecca of medical specialists. If you like your doctor that is 40 minutes away, then I think it is worth it to stick with him/her, rather than to have a doctor you don't like! Although it is a long drive, it may be worth a consultation at Dr. Hanauer's group at University of Chicago....they are considered the Crohn's experts in the Midwest. Or contact the Crohn's association www.ccfa.org
and they can refer you to a doctor closer to home. Trust yourself with what helps and doesn't help in your diet. I've read so many conflicting things, but I think individual trial and error works the best for me. Good Luck!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007