Last ditch effort before going to the BIG GUNS!! Looking for advice!

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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay heres my story.   Colonoscopy / bioposy 2005 Suggestive of crohns. I feel my crohns flares are 100% stress induced. I have direct correlations everytime.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago (age 25) with my only symptom being a complete bowel obstruction.
I now have cronic but manageable  bowel obstructions with pain in the LRQ. I currently take PRED 10mg / day and entocort 9mg day. If I reduce these meds my terminal illuem clamps down!
I have tried Pentasa, acacol, flagyl with no noticable results. as it stands not I am steroid dependent. Increasing the PRED is not an option I would rather have a colostomy devil .
Please help me with a plan that will help me with my crohns.
I plan to
1. Boost SSRI medication to provide more seratonin to the gut and brain.
2. Thae peperment supplements as a natural anaestetic to the gut.
3. drink fennel seed tea as a natural "anti cramping" remedy.
4. Use some kind of omega 3 oil for inflimation
5. Maintain a stress free life!!!!!!
HAS ANYONE TRIED THESE THINGS BEFORE? Whats a good natural antiinflamitory?

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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's my list which has natural anti-inflammatories and I've been doing so much better with taking these things in conjunction with one another...

bee propolis 500mg 1 pill 2X/day (natural anti-inflammatory)

omegas 3-6-9 (1 pill 3X/day natural anti-inflammatory)

chamomile tea first thing every morning without food (natural anti-inflammatory)

Probiotics (primadophilus reuteri, one pill/day)

Vitamins b-12, A (fish oil), C-Calcium Ascorbate, one of each/day

Prodiem stool bulker (similar to metamucil) one before bed, with plenty of water

No oral RX as I'm either allergic or non-responsive to them

This regime has brought me from 30+ BM's/day down to about 5 (give or take a few) on average/day with solid stools, no more mucus, bleeding, gas and bloating (thanks especially to the fibre supplement).

Google the above mentioned to get more details about the ones you're not sure about like the bee propolis and such).
and remember what works for some doesn't work for all, usually it takes a few things together to work best compared to just one thing and everyones combination will likely vary since this can be such an individualistic disease.


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 12/27/2007 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
If you find out the answer to point #5 let me know!
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft

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   Posted 12/27/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
as for stress free, the closest i think you can get is to be a low level govt employee. so much beaurocracy that it doesnt matter if you do your work or not and there are no real dead lines.

the makers diet has helped me immensely. the specific carbohydrate diet is also another one to check out. over the past year i cannot stress enough, from my own experiences, the effects and relationship diet has on this disease. going this route kept from (so far) from getting a colostomy (my docs are amazed as they said there was nothing more they could do for me). all the meds you listed didnt work for me either. some how, for some reason, the maker's diet did. perhaps it can work for you too....
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I am curious about your regimin since it sounds like it worked so well for you. What brand of supplements do you use? I am also going to the drug store today to look for the prodieum stool bulker.


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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi redspot... some good natural anti-inflammatory herbs are ginger, turmeric (curcumin) and boswellia, but there are more. It's been a while, but I have read here in the past of several who take turmeric for inflammation. My son takes a supplement with turmeric and boswellia in it.

As others here stated, essential fatty acids found in omega 3-6-9 oils are great anti-inflammatories. Mounds of research has been done on their benefits for all different kinds of inflammation. Since our diets are naturally high in omega 6 and 9, we supplement with omega 3 to balance the ratio. This can be found in fish oil, and specifically we us cod liver oil because it is also high in vit. A and D, two important anti-oxidants.

Whenever you look into anti-inflammatories, there is always mention of diet. Unfortunately our modern diet high in processed foods is believed to add to inflammation issues. You may experience success just by removing those culprits from your diet (sugar, white flour, etc., etc.). Like CrazyHarry, I believe the Maker's Diet has helped us.

Hope this helps! Best of health to you in the new year!

Grateful for everyone's help here!

Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium and a good multivitamin.

Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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