I have not gotten back to this site for quite some time.
I am 36, and have never taken any prescribtion drug for my Crohn's. Well, that's not totally true, I took lots while they were trying to figure out what was wrong with me. However, since diagnosis I haven't.
I have had several flare ups, it is the nature of the disease and have dealt with each and everyone through diet and lifestyle changes. I have never had a flare to date that has caused me to consider taking steriods - until last month.
I went to the dentist I had been using for years and although I had made it known and clear that I could not have amalgom fillings (due to the mercury content), I was given two amalgom fillings and the assistant did a very poor job on suction so had a lot in my mouth! The evening of said visit i starting throwing up, it continued for over 24 hours before I was taken to the hospital and given fluids and morphine and anti-semitics. Within three weeks of that I was having periods of intense, I mean the most intense pain I have had ever, pain that would lead to throwing up that would lead to a trip to the hospital for morphine. This has happened twice. I was seriously thinking I couldn't get through it.
My CRP went up from 7 to 35. My hemoglobin went from 12.3 to 9.6. I was feeling like total crap.
Now, just two weeks later!, with lifestyle and diet change, I have had no more intense pain, no trips to hospital my crp is down to 5.3 and my hem is up to 11.8.
I honestly and truthfully believe that the major factor in my recovery is this:
treating yourself. com
type it into google for yourself. Look at the research - QUESTION what you have been told about the best treatment for this disease.
the best flare-up diet I have come across was from Cambridge university. I will have to look it up, but it was basically very boilded white rice, very well cooked (soft) chicken or 'light' meat. with very well steamed (mushy) brocolli. There was more to it than that, but that is what I remember and that is what I do for as many days as it takes to get me back on top. I cook with extra virgin olive oil (add a little seasme oil for iron) and use salt so my body can easily absorp fluids.
I am in the process of creating a myspace page called
It will be a few weeks before it is all together, but feel free to contact me on that site.
All the best!