I must say that I am very, very suspicious about
the cause of my CD because of the "coincidental" timing of it. I was always a very healthy person, no medical problems at all, until 2000. I weighed 200lbs and went on the Atkins diet for several months, losing about
50lbs. When I had met my goal weight I slowly started reintroducing more carbohydrates into my diet. It was at that point that the diarrhea began, although mild at first. Then in 2001 I went on a week long camping trip in the WY mountains, during that time I drank and cooked with fresh mountain stream water. After that camping trip my d went from managable to really bad, and it got progressively worse over the next few years. Without trying I went down to about
114lbs, I looked horrible and felt worse. My PCP tested me for parasites, etc, and found none.
But I know in my heart that it's more than a coincidence that I was absolutely fine (I could eat anything, I had an iron stomach) before I started a very high protein diet, I think that's where my CD began and was kicked into overdrive by the stupidity of me drinking creek water.
Anyway, that's just my opinion and my story. Thanks!
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,
Lasix as needed for ankle/feet swelling
Self-proclaimed "recluse" do to CD ;)