bella_sky, my GI DOES have Crohn's! He has had it for like 30 years or something, so he knows his stuff. I've had docs with much better personalities/bedside manners, but he knows what he's talking about and he takes the meds himself.
Wakabo, I really can't respond on the surgery, as I haven't had to deal with that, but I was told that just because Humira doesn't help doesn't mean that Cimzia won't either. Both kept my Crohn's in remission so I can't really say, but I'm sure there are others who failed Humira but were helped by Cimzia.
I was also on a clinical trial (for Cimzia before it was on the market) but it was a phase III so they started everyone out on the real thing. After so many weeks, if you responded, they then put you in either the placebo group or the control group (real drug). So, it was a 50% chance. They wouldn't tell you which one you were in, but if you lost response after a few weeks, they would start giving you the real drug again. I ended up in the placebo group, lost response and was then given the real drug for the rest of the trial (and they aren't supposed to tell you, but I either saw something or one of them made a sneaky comment that confirmed that I was getting the placebo for the few weeks). So, look into the specifics if you are considering doing a trial...you may be able to get the real drug if the placebo isn't helping.
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety. Too many meds to list them all. =)