Oh goodness I am so sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time with your crohns. Alright here is the deal...you may not qualify for medicare, but you should be able to qualify for disability if you try. It is a really long process and you will probably be denied the first time, but I would try it. I am in the middle of the glorious process right now after going to the hospital 3 times and having a surgery....crazy hospital bill overall from the 4 stays....75,000. YIKES! I feel for ya. See if your doc can get you some Asacol samples because it is very important that you take your meds, and fortunately for you 4 Asacol a day is a very low dose. If these arent working talk to your doc about other therapies that may also be cost effective. In terms of cheap diets...I dont have a specific diet, but what works for me is: avoiding foods such as nuts, seeds, popcorn, processed meats, highly fatty foods, fruits and veggies that are hard to digest: celery, brocolli, berries, etc. If you have issues with dairy products try soy products, which helps a lot of people. Hmm...I will look up some programs for medications and see what I find and email you. Don't get yourself stressed out and worried because you will throw yourself into a flare.
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Prednisone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Remicade,
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon