I've kinda jumped on these forums without telling you anything of what Ive been through. I apologize for that
I guess I just wanted to say there is reason for hope, that there is no reason to think that things will never get better.
There is one person in this world who has recovered from crohn's, and I must stress that recovery is completely different to remission. The disease has not gone dormant, it has just gone and wont be coming back. How do I know this? I feel it, the same way you dont get over a cold/flu and think that the cold/flu has just gone into remission, you can just feel it, that it is gone.
I was diagnosed with JRA at 10, Psoriasis at 12, Crohn's at 21 and Ankylosing Spondilitis at 26.
All were on the severe side of the scale in how they attacked me.
The last 4 years I was mostly bedridden. This year I found a way and turned the corner and every symptom I ever had has been leaving me and my body is feeling indescribably good.
As it relates to crohn's, the last time I had bleeding was 5 years ago, I spent the last 5 years in remission but never feeling well until this year, the last time I had pain was 4 months ago, the last time I had what a Doctor would call a normal bowel movement was this morning.
The other 3 diseases are taking a little longer to heal, but then thats to be expected with how much damage they had done.
For the whole of this recovery (well for the last 3 years to be precise) I have not taken any medications (before this year I was living in hell with my symptoms but the meds and treatments had very little effect and I didnt want to blank myself with painkillers - basically I bet it all, I either find a way to recover or else nothing, no half measures, nothing to make living with the disease easier, I was only interested in getting rid of the disease completely).
I am still on no meds, no diets, no nothing. I can eat whatever I want and nothing has an adverse effect, I sleep well and I go to work. Ive done many things in the last few months that were always the worst things for me to do with crohn's as well as the rest, Ive eaten all the foods that would set it off, I have put my body under huge amounts of stress and yet I continue to feel good, this is all stuff Ive done many times before in my life and always had it hurt me in the past.
I am quite excited because it is what I always wanted: something I only had to do once, no repeat, no maintenance and once done to never have to think about looking after these diseases again, to be able to use and abuse my body without having to worry or suffer.
Since March this year every day has shown forward progress to getting better without any action required by me, there hasnt been a single backstep in all this time.
As I write this now, my only remaining symptoms, that are improving daily, is the Psoriasis on my scalp and shoulders, the RA in my shoulder that was broken some years ago and just one pinched nerve in my lower back from the AS. Compared to how I was for the last 10 years, it is so little to be laughable, but then thats a matter of perspective that makes me see it that way. It feels like what remains is about 1% of what I used to feel.
I have now become a guinea pig again for my Doctors for this very reason as they attempt to understand how what I did has worked, when nothing else has been able to have this magnitude of an effect.
Maybe you find reason to hope, or not, thats up to you.
But there is one person in the world who has managed to get himself free of these diseases.