I have had Crohn's for 30 yrs. Yes, there is life after pred. Some people do become pred dependant, which calls for eventual surgery. Others do not. I have had short periods where I had to remain on pred for longer than we wanted, but I've always been able to come off at some point. I have spend more of my 30yrs off pred than on it. Everyone is different though.
I have had 2 resections, and it looks like the 3rd is coming up quick. I have never achieved full remission. Many people ahev remissions lasting 20 yrs or more. I have a stricture that has been there for several years. It has now gotten too narrow, with too much inflammation.
You can live with this. Sometimes it feels impossible, like you can't bear another spasm; but you do. If you keep a good diet of things that don't hurt, and stick to it most of the time (most people cheat sometimes), that will be a huge help in cotrolling it. Some can almost completely keep CD under wraps by diet alone. With others diet is only a small part of control.
Start off by eliminating everything that causes a flare, and that will be a great headstart. You can do this, because you must.
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
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