I have had Crohns Disease for over 30 years. I had two flares in my first four years with the disease, then went on to enjoy a nearly 20 year remission. During that time I didn't take any meds, ate pretty much what I wanted, and basically lived as if I didn't have the disease. But my remission ended with an emergency resection in 2002. I ended up having to have another resection 3 years later. Those two experiences really opened my eyes to the damage this disease can do if it is not treated. So now I watch my diet, take my meds as directed, and am once again in remission. Life is different now since the surgeries as my body has had to adjust to the changes that occured from the surgery's, but it still is pretty good.
I do usually use most of my sick days every year as you will have bad days even if you are in remission. I find my system is a little more delicate and virus's and such seem to effect us a little harder. But there are plenty of good times too. I still have a fulltime job and luckily have been blessed with supportive bosses.
My one suggestion to you both is always take some kind of maintainence med even when doing well. The inflammation can be going on microscopically and doing its damage even when you feel great. Thats what happened to me ending up in the emergency resection. Good luck to you both!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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