I am a 45 yr old male and I was diagnosed with Crohn's colitis fifteen years ago.
With the exception of fistulae that I got when the disease was rampant in me five years ago. I don't suffer from any symptoms. Here are some things I can tell you about IBD.
I treat my ailment like a wheat allergy
I take fish oil
I go on long walks
All medications I have tried did more hurt than good
Pred, Asacol, Pentasa, Imuran, budesonide etc. are all dangerous pharmaceuticals that only treat symptoms
Flagyl kills everything in your gut. This is not good, but IBD people have limited options. What I tried to do was take 1500 mg (500X3) for 14 days and then repopulate my gut with healthy bacteria. I used something called VSL#3 to do this. I am still on it. I don't know if this is what healed me, but I don't see a need to get off of it. I started out taking six capsules per day which costs an insane amount of money. Now I take one capsule in the morning with a glass of water and a low dose of fish oil and 2-3 ripe bananas. I take a 40 minute walk and this seems to protect my gut.
I normally have one large BM about first thing in the morning and that is it!! I was going to the bathroom 15-20 times per day with painful, bloody diarrhea. I had horrible cramping and urgency for years with or without asacol. I don't need to run to the bathroom anymore.
I don't sell anything. I hate the fact that VSL is so expensive and I'm not sure if the high doses are necessary. I know that bananas feed healthy bacteria in the gut and I kinda live off RIPE bananas.
I was once a 130 pound, anemic, inflammed mess that didn't want to live anymore. I am now a very muscular 180 pounds (5'11'') and I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!!!!!
Foods to eat
There are free resources online about eating wheat free. Just start doing it and it becomes easy to do.
Natural meat products unprocessed. * fatty meats irritate the bowel and cause or aggravate hemorrhoids.
well cooked veggies, yams, sweet potatoes
natural foods that are soft textured
eggs cooked in olive oil
Remember that one wheat laden meal can be in your system for days, and will set you back. Use discipline.
I just found out by looking at my anus with a mirror that I have what appears to be a fistula. I think I got it from an abscess I had over five years ago. I was wondering why I had to wipe for so long in the morning and never seemed to be clean. I think that the abscess I had was so massive that it couldn't help on its own. The inflammation is gone and it appears healed on the outside, but I will have to go to a colorectal doc to see about getting a plug placed in because I travel a lot and don't always have my removable shower nozzle that thoroughly cleans my undercarriage.
Remember that you are not diseased and you are not a victim. The lifestyle changes I made were all simple healthy things and I thank God for the life I am living now. Never give up!! I was near death twice and hospitalized four times because of experimenting with medications and diets.