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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I know we are all suffering and we would all love to be healthy and happy.

My question is..

When you got sick did you stop all of the stuff that could possible make you more sick.
Like smoking, drinking, doing drugs, eating unhealthy and so on?

I don't mean to offend anyone. Just curious.

I drank very little before begin sick maybe 4-6 times a year.
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with :
Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009

Medication - Humira, Asacol, Cipralex and Cerazette.
Past medication Remicade, Imuran, Entocort
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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm gonna be really honest....NO. I am so stubborn and I know the things I should do, but I don't always do them. I shouldn't have caffiene, but drink diet coke and coffee daily, shouldn't smoke but I do, should exercise more, don't, should eat better...I could go on and on.

I will say though, that I haven't noticed feeling any better or worse with or without alcohol. I don't drink a lot, maybe a couple drinks in a week, and I don't feel worse the next day.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin

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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
As soon as I got better, I ate everything I possibly could.
I wanted to see how much I could take and I took alot.
I wish I could go back to being a kid again and feeling so glad to be alive.
That feeling doesn't last.
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah

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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
i quit drinking in 79 and hv not had drink since..i have tried to do best with eating cd friendly foods but lol sometimes its hard...but i pay so dang i should learn..i feel alot better though than i did a year ago..lyn
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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
When I'm sick I'm too sick to smoke, drink, even eat. When I'm in remission I have a lot of bad habits like drinking, smoking, I'm a bit old n over drug taking to be honest but it has been done in the past, my diets not perfect but its the best it can be with the limitations I have and I exercise regularly, laugh regularly, socialise regularly. My remission periods have lasted from 6 months to 3 years and my lifestyle has been pretty much the same during each period.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
When my husband was diagnosed with Ulcerative proctitis in 2003, he gave up on caffeine, sugary foods and drinks, carbonated beverages and alcohol. He's never smoked.

Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Crohn's in Remission since June 2008
C-diff recurrence Sep 2009
Reactive Arthritis Nov 2009
Currently c-diff free
Osteopenia of spine (Mar 2010)
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (8 weeks)
Currently In Remission

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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
My family has always teased me that I was born old. I have always behaved as if I was old. I never really drank, tried anything I shouldn't, and I always ate good food (never really was a junk food girl), so I can't really say that I changed my habits all that much. I did have to change my eating habits after each of my resections though. The more that was cut out, the more I had to resort to a low residue diet and give up the fresh fruit and veggies I love. So in a way I have changed my habits but it has been over the course of time, not immediately at the time of diagnosis. But I also had the advantage of having lived with CD for my whole life because my mother, who was the primary cook in our family, was diagnosed when I was 1. So I probably was raised on a good CD diet and that was what I craved as my comfort foods.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll be honest, I still eat junk, haven't quit smoking and I still drink. I don't do drugs so that was never an issue. I started flaring when I quit smoking, actually, and I have gotten substantially worse when I've quit since then, believe it or not. I have no self control whatsoever with food, so I doubt my diet will ever change drastically. I have cut out foods that I notice make me sick, but I really don't follow any diet in particular. I'm hoping that once I recover from my surgery tomorrow, I'll have the energy to start exercising and improve my overall health though, something that CD has motivated me to do.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Before CD I didn't drink much or smoke cigarettes (just other things) so that hasn't been a huge thing for me to give up... I did play competitive soccer my whole life and I haven't since I got sick but I try to walk everyday and work out on my wii fit :) I've been interested in healthy eating since high school but sometimes you just have to roll with what agrees with your stomach (lotsa carbs, not too many fresh veggies etc)
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Um, no. I did eventually quit smoking 6 yrs. later. But I still drink wine & eat my favorite junk foods. Life is just too short to give up everything.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm kind of a weird one. I'll give all my junk food to a family member and say im quitting. I cant handle it. Than when the meds get better and i realize i need to gain weight.. i eat whatever makes me happy.

Screw it.
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