What medications have you tried so far? Unfortunately, if you have active inflammation you should really be on something.
It didn't used to make any difference what I ate. Actually it still doesn't very much. I just try to keep the roughage/fibre down, as the last time I rebelled and ate some salad and bits of raw apple, I had two days of pain afterwards. I have pain anyway, but this was unusually bad and prolonged.
Basically, I know it's not very helpful, but everyone is different with regards to what they can and can't tolerate. The only general rule of thumb is to stick to a low-residue diet if you have a stricture (narrowing) of the small bowel. As you're new to Crohn's you probably don't have a stricture yet, but that's something to ask your GI about
- untreated inflammation tends to lead to a stricture eventually, so your GI is right to be worried about
Heat is better than ice for abdominal pain, I should think. I've never actually tried ice on my stomach, but heat can be quite soothing. Ice is mainly used for reducing swelling from acute/recent injuries, as far as I know.
Sorry, I'm pretty braindead from lack of sleep and I don't feel like this post has been of much help. Hopefully others'll chime in.
Dx Crohn's in summer of 2000. (Yay )
Tried and failed: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, various diets.
Had surgery Feb '13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy. First thing to put me into remission in 13 years.
Had second surgery 10th July '15 to reverse the stoma and connect the ileum to the rectum. Officially flaring again. The fun never begins.