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   Posted 5/18/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Can strictures or blockages fix themselves naturally? Or does surgery have to be performed?

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   Posted 5/18/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I had an obstuction last year due to strictures and was hospitalised. The obstruction did shift (with some awful medication - all night in the loo !) but the strictures, caused by scaring, I believe will always be there. I have been told that I have strictures and active Crohns 'dotted' through the small bowel which means a resection is not an option for me . There is an operation called strictureplasty which may be an option if my next round of medication fails. I believe this proceedure makes the narrowing wider to allow waste through easier rather than taking the affected part out. Hope this helps

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   Posted 5/18/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Generally if it is made of scar tissue no meds will help that. But if as missnuts says it is comprised of inflammation and some scar tissue then meds might help. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 5/19/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, they can resolve themselves, as long as they are not scar tissue. My daughter's stricture was so bad in 2006 that a doc mentioned surgery.
Imagine our surprise to see, in 2009, that it had vanished! Confirmed by SBFT and colonoscopy.
Daughter (22) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress. No symptoms for the past three years. March '09 colonoscopy showed stricture gone but two spots of inflammation in TI. Used LDN to taper off Entocort last fall. (Was on Entocort since April 06.) Never had D. 4.5 mg LDN, SCD multivit, homemade yogurt, 5000IU vit D3, 1000 mg calcium, 27-54 mg iron, monthly B12 shots, daily oral B12 1000, 10mg zinc. SCD diet modified years ago to include potatoes and rice. 

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   Posted 5/20/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
well thats great to hear! thanks
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