Better than what? Not being a smart *** but really better than what? I don't think that even if in remission we ever get back to normal....we are still a bit gun shy or nervous about what we eat or question every gurgle....
For me it is just a matter of degrees one way or the other....but I do not ever feel that I will be like I was before I got hit with this....and even when years before I knew I had it I can remember problems....and I know that I will never really enjoy the freedoms that so many other friends and family do...I will always want to know where the closest bathroom is....I think it becomes habit as much as it stems from actually being sick.
I had surgery in November and for a few weeks after thought ok I am almost fully cured....but it didn't last...I am better (there is that word again) but I am no where near healthy and normal.
I think the worst day i ever had with this darn disease is not one that involves pain, the big D or any of the other symptoms associated with crohns....but rather it was the day when I was truly fed up with all of it and asked my gastro about cutting it all out and giving me the bag....he told me that almost all his patients eventually asked or begged for the procedure...and he said if I had UC he would probably consider it...but since I had crohns the surgery and bag were not a sure cure...that it could and probably would pop up again else where in my system....it was that day that I finally knew I wasn't going to get better...i would just have better days and worse days.
dx IBS 1999 UC 2000 CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old