I was diagnosed about
8 months ago. I was/am disappointed, scared, confused. But you have to find peace and move on. I have things to accomplish and it's not going to stop me.
In choosing which meds to take and when, it helps to find a doctor you can trust . Immunomodulators and suppressors come with their share of risks, but there is a cost/benefit analysis. Become aware of the meds commonly used and their side effects. If your Crohn's is bad enough, I mean if you are at risk of obstructing or anemic, severely underweight, etc. then the benefit will outweight those side effects.
I have had success with enteral nutrition (liquid diet) and Entocort. Both are quite mild. For a while after my diagnosis I kept a journal of food and symptoms. I did not identify problem foods but monitored my progress with meds, and it helped me to feel more "in control."
The supplements I have used are omega-3 fatty acids (organic flax oil, fisol); folic acid; vitamin E; and probiotics, specifically VSL#3 and Primadophilus reuteri by Nature's Way.
Try to take supplements, exercise, sleep enough, avoid stress. It may help but definitely won't hurt.
July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's IleitisCurrently trying...
Enteral Nutrition, Flax Oil, VSL#3, Folic Acid, Vitamin E
Post Edited (Illini) : 11/5/2008 9:00:30 PM (GMT-7)