Hi... I'm new here... been lurking since Sep 07 when I was first dx with CD. At the time, doc prescribed entocort and 6mp - took the entocort but refused the 6mp due to the very scary side effects. Lost my job shortly after and never had a chance to get back in to discuss alternative treatments.
Just released from hospital yesterday due to flare caused by c-diff infection (caused by antibiotics). Now doc and I have agreed to Sulfasalazine and entocort for treatment.
I've only had a few flares ever... both caused by c-diff infections. No daily symptoms - hardly ever had diarrhea - rarely have pain. So I definitely did not want to take a strong medicine right off the bat.
I guess my questions are as follows:
Has anyone seen success from sulfasalazine?
Do all CD patients ultimately have surgery?
What about diet? special rules?
I also have gluten allergies - does anyone else have these issues?
what are some good pointers in dealing with this and working full-time?
I look forward to your feedback.