Posted 8/10/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)
Hey everyone! I have been lurking on the website for a week or so and decided to join. I was newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease July 10th at the ER by my gastro doc. I was admitted for 4 days where they did a CT scan and colonoscopy. They gave me a day of IV steroids and sent me home with 50mg of prednisone (i taper off 5 mg weekly) and 800mg Asacol 3x a day maintenence. I was having typical CD symptoms (diarrhea 4-15 times a day, stomach cramping, felt like food poisoning everytime i ate, mild blood in stool, lost about 15 pounds) for about 5 weeks before that. I'm down to 30 mg of prednisone now, my BMs are 1-3 a day.. and i just have bloating and mild twitches in my intestinal area. I'm following a low fat, low residue diet and it seems to keep the symptoms in check. I consider myself pretty lucky, since so many people seem to have a horrible time with it. This is my first real flare that i'm aware of though, so i know things can change at any time. Anyhoo, i just wanted to say hey and nice to meet everyone here! This has been a very scary experience for me, and i have had so many questions. It's nice to have an area to bounce off of others who share the same experiences.