Hi missymalou! Welcome to the board, yet sorry you have to be here. It is very scary at first, but just think/remind yourself; you didn't *just* get this DD. As you said, you've had issues for 10 or more years to one degree or another. I am very much as you described yourself: one who never takes meds for anything (if at all possible), so my son's diagnosis and initial drugs he had to take I think was as difficult for me as it was for him. Through a lot of help from this forum and reading and researching elsewhere, though, I feel we've "gotten a handle on things", so to speak. We hope to completely wean off meds this summer. My son's condition was also labeled "mild to moderate".
Two great books discussing diet: "The Maker's Diet", by Jordan Rubin, and "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. (These "diets" are pretty similar.) It's funny. Our GI doesn't believe in dietary changes, but I believe it is what has helped my son the most. Dietary changes and probiotics.
We also go to a chiropractor regularly and I would seek out a naturopath if I thought my son wasn't doing well. I also have a friend who is Reiki certified and she has applied her skills on a couple occasions for me (I believe in prayer/meditation, but not sure I'll get my son to meditate regularly!!
) This is the direction we would rather take if at all possible.
Good luck to you! Still be an optimist!!!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.