For the first time in over twenty years, the ole GI tract is running smoothly. Total remission now for almost three weeks. I still can't believe it. No more keeping track of the nearest piece of porcelain. Almost seems a bit strange.
Short version: Diagnosed with mild Crohn's in October. Initially on Lialda and Entocort. Helped some, but not enough. Switched from Lialda to Pentasa. A bit more help, but still having six or so crampy ones a day. Started on Prednisone on December 17. Was in complete remission by December 23. I absolutely LOVE and HATE the prednisone. Not only has it completely done away with my Crohn's symptoms, but it has also cleared up rashes that I've had on my back, chest and eyebrows(!) for 15 years (I believe these were Crohn's related rashes). It has also completely cleared up all of my arthritis related pain. My back, elbows, and knees feel 20 years younger. I'm going to plan on going skiing and bowling for the first time in years. So why the hate? Physically, I feel better than I have since high school. Mentally, I'm going off my rocker. The prednisone has given me extremely wild mood swings. Anger that is almost uncontrollable, as well as depression. Not to mention the fact that my wife thinks I don't find her attractive anymore (if you get my drift). I'm down to 20 mg per day now of Pred, and the emotional issues are getting better. Just hope it's still a high enough dose to keep the Crohn's and arthritis away.
The doc told me that I have one of the most mild cases of Crohn's he's seen. I just can't imagine how you guys/gals that have moderate or severe Crohns can even make it day to day. My Crohns completely ruined my quality of life for so many years, it just seems unthinkable that it could have been worse.
Well, thanks for letting me tell my story, vent and celebrate. Oh, btw.. for those of you with crohn's related arthritis, Celebrex has also helped me a TON. On my current regimen of meds (20 mg Pred, 4 grams Pentasa, 9mg Entocort, one Celebrex) ALL of my symptoms are completely gone.
I hope all of you may find the relief that I have from such a terrible, debilitating disease. My best wishes go out to you all.