When I started Humira last July, my crohn's symptoms finally improved. When I started SCD at the beginning of December, they got even better. It took about
3 months to get the constipation under control, and 4 months for the fatigue to improve. I now spend more time out of bed than in bed for the first time years. My fistulas started getting better right away, and are completely healed now. I'm also getting to eat yummy foods that I haven't tolerated in a long time (hurray for pineapple and strawberries, although I still have to cook them).
As far as money goes, I don't think it costs me any more than my old crappy diet. I used to drink a lot of Boost and eat a lot of ice cream, neither of which are cheap. And a bag of chips or box of crackers cost as much as a bag of peaches. The only things I can't afford (but really wish I could) are organic produce, pastured meats, free range eggs, and raw milk (for the yogurt). None of those things are required for SCD, but I imagine it could certainly help improve one's health.
For anyone that wants to give SCD a try, DON'T RUSH IT! Some people think you can jump right in and start eating nut flour baked goods and raw fruits and veggies from day 1. Doing that will likely lead to failure. I'm almost 5 months in, and have yet to use nut flour (although I do use nut butter now). I don't think I'll venture into raw produce until a year into the diet, minimum. Take it slow and steady and give your guts a chance to heal before eating more difficult to digest foods. Also, if you have scarring in your terminal ileum, Elaine suggested to never eat whole nuts, spaghetti squash, celery, raisins, raw grapes, and the peels of fruits and veggies.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 2 foods
Post Edited (spookyhurst) : 4/28/2009 11:57:48 PM (GMT-6)