Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 46 yr old female from Sydney, Australia who was diagnosed with Crohns Disease early April 2010. I am still getting over the shock of being diagnosed at such a late age, but from what I gather this can occur at any age! ( I have a sister and cousin with Crohns also who have been battling with it for 20yrs - so I guess I know a little about the disease) However I have come to learn a whole lot more since my diagnosis. I have been pretty much reading anything I can get my hands on to inform myself about this disease and to be prepared and involved with my treatment along with my GI specialist.
The beginning of this ordeal was horrible as it took a couple of months to diagnose and a couple of stints in hospital (had to have meds given intravenuosly as couldnt keep anything down due to the horrendous nausea (is that normal??). Am currently on prendisone (at 25mg currently - started at 50mg for a week, then 40mg for a week, then 30mg for a week now at 25mg) and have an appointment to see my GI specialist the week after next and he has mentioned that he will probably be starting me on Imuran next! I realise that drugs play an important part in treatment of this disease - the prendisone is helping me so much now - things have improved slowly but surely from when I was first diagnosed. Its just reading about the side effects of these drugs that freak me out a little (still new to all of this!). I have also changed my diet drastically from how I used to eat - I was also diagnosed with a hiatus hernia, and mild chronic gastritis (which was causing reflux) I have been pretty much been following a low residue diet and gradually adding different things back in one at a time to see what effects me. I haven't eaten red meat in two months, changed from skim milk to rice milk and not eaten as much wheat as I would normally (even though apparently I am not allergic to wheat. Cannot eat anything acidic - due to hiatus hernia/reflux (which is hard coming from an Italian background - tomatoes, garlic and onions were pretty much the staples of all my dishes!!)
My Crohns seems so different to my sisters and a lot of others from what I read. I dont have lots of diarreah (actually was very consipated at time of diagnosis), no blood, I am overweight (although I have lost a lot since diagnosis which is good because I have to lose weight for the hiatus hernia!)
I was diagnosed 10yrs ago with IBS (they couldnt find anything in colonoscopy at that time) and so I have thought all these years that that was what was wrong with me when having bowel issues! Although my GI says you can have both together and that big people can get Crohns too!
Anyhow just thought I would say Hi - this seems to be a great place to find out info.
Predisone 25mg, Somac 40mg, Coversyl 10mg
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