Does anyone else live and work over here? What is your strategy for maintaining your health? I am particularly interested in those who use diet as a large part of maintaining health.
My History if you are interested:
Christmas 2005 -
Emergency TI resection for a blockage. After some terrible confusion, diagnosed with Crohns. Put on Asacol for maintenance. (Although should have been pentasa since the inflammation was not focused in the large intestine) Went into a temporary post surgery remission.
April 2007 -
First serious recurrence of disease. Comes as an acute bleed from ulceration in the neo-TI and probably past where the scopes can see. Required hospitalization and a blood transfusion. Anemia and low hematocrit levels have been leading up to this. Afterwards, I am put on prednisone and entocort as I taper off of prednisone. Also, iron supplements. Doctors tell me that I must go onto 6mp or immuran after i get off the steriods.
Summer 2007 -
The steroids have been making me feel worse and much sicker than ever before. My bowels are not improving either. I was still losing weight. Steroid acne all over my body. I couldnt go on with it anymore. So I quit everything (i rapidly tapered over a week and a half) not totally abrupt.
After doing a lot of reading and thinking about my crohns, I decided that destroying my immune system and body with drugs and all the side effects was not the answer. I started out with a 4 day fast drinking only water. Then I added some vegetable juices and salad. Then rice and small amounts of meat (mostly fish).
Since then I have been controlling my Crohns through diet and natural medications. Basically what a lot of other posters here have been doing. Crazyharry is a similar example. I do go to the doctor for blood checks to make sure things arent going crazy in there, but ever since I went cold turkey on the heavy duty drugs, I have felt healthier and healthier, better and better. I think the short fast I did was also beneficial in inducing my remission. I am going to try a longer one later this year.