I also have, at this point, a fairly mild case. Most of the time I don't feel sick and my bowels function as they should. However when the Crohn's is active I can get high fevers and abdominal pain, but only pre-menstrually...still have not figured that one out. The GI I saw tried to get me on powerful drugs since some of my antibody titers on the Serology 7 test were way high but so far I'm not on any prescriptions.
I used exclusive enteral nutrition, aka food in a can, to achieve remission. It works if you have disease in the small bowel (small and large is OK too). The only side-effects were mildly elevated liver function tests, which went down after I started eating food again, and diarreah in the beginning...what do you expect if you drink your food? Luckily it was painless. I tried mostly eating real food again and the inflammation came back within a month, as I'm not currently taking any maintenance drugs. I'm still figuring out how I'm going to stay well long-term using this strategy, or if it's even possible. Now I'm also adding Omega-3 and a strong probiotic among other supplements. I'm hoping that between supplements, probiotics, and diet I can keep it under control. And I also felt a lot better when I was exercising regularly, but I just don't have time for that right now.
When you fit into the "mild" category, you'll find that the side-effects of many of the current drugs are worse than how you feel and the risks seem too great...and no companies are out there making new, benign treatments for mild Crohn's. So you have to try to find your own way to remission or get bad off enough to need the drugs. Lately I read a lot to learn new things about
nutrition, supplements, etc. and I monitor my situation carefully. I get blood tests about
once a month to measure my inflammatory markers so I'll know if I'm doing something right or wrong.
July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's Ileitis
Enteral Nutrition, Omega-3 (Flax Oil and Fish Oil), VSL#3, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Psyllium