Morning all (from a newbie)! I am curious if anyone has any remission stories...such as how long they have been in remission, medicines taken or not, exercises, attitudes, etc.
I have had Crohn's for 20 years (wow that seems so long). I was really sick in the beginning (miserable), took lots of the usual pills, had many obstructions and finally had a small bowel resection in 1993. I declined "stabilizing" pills after the surgery because my doctor said that (at the time) there was no evidence that medicine would prevent a flare up. It was amazing the honesty from my doctor who was also a research scientist specializing in Crohn's. I haven't had a major problem since, sans one week long hospitalization and blood transfusion later linked to excessive ibuprofen (I took for sore muscles etc) irregular bowels and a few tiny "flares".
Anyhow, truth be known I live in a hidden world of Crohn's fear...the statistical truth that I should be terribly sick by know and have had more surgeries, and so on. Sometimes I just want to know that we can be Crohn's free (even for a short time) and that I am not alone. I have my own ideas as to why I potentially have been "lucky", if that is the correct word. Anybody else? Or am I just buying my time...?
Lastly, I am so happy I found this website. Crohn's is a horrible disease and can be depressing, isolating, agonizing and just plain ugly. Just because at this very moment I am not sick, I don't want to forget I ever was, that I can be tomorrow or that there are others who are hurting today.