Am I doing ok on my Crohns diet??? CRP results

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   Posted 7/14/2017 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,

I'm new here smile

Was diagnosed with Crohn's in December (7 months ago) and since then have said no to medications, choosing to heal through natural means, namely diet, and natural supplements such as omega 3 and bee propolis.

So far so good, I have not relapsed or developed another fistula, and the doctors were pleasantly surprised to see that the abscess and fistula both disappeared (I felt that there was a strong connection to diet there, but they wouldn't, obviously).

I just got a blood test to see how things are going and my CRP is at 8.2. When I was severely ill I was at 130 something, then after a heavy dosage of antibiotics I went down to 2.4.

My gastroenterologist thinks that the rise from 2.4 to 8.2 is cause for concern, a reason for me to go on meds, and he wants me to take an MRI.

I am super traumatised of doctors and hospitals and really just hate invasive procedures such as scans, MRIs colonoscopies etc. I don't want to take it. I also don't want to think about the follow up appointment where the dr will definitely encourage me to go on remicade (pls no).

The 8.2 CRP doesn't worry me really as it is still below 10 and I feel great. Also, the antibiotics were obviously keeping it super low, so is it really so concerning?

Would appreciate all advice!

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   Posted 7/14/2017 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, welcome to HW! Sorry you have to be here, but hopefully you can get some decent advice at least.

I'm gonna be honest. I would be absolutely amazed if diet and supplements protected you from Crohn's forever. But at the same time, you don't appear to be in dire straits right now. I suspect you have some lingering inflammation, as does your GI: 8.4 isn't very high, but most people's CRP is under 3. So you can see the difference.

My main piece of advice is not to skip tests. It's important to keep an eye on things, even if you feel okay. I would have the MRI personally, but if you don't want it right now then what about in 6 months' time, say?

PS: Just wondering. Did the disappearance of the abscess/fistula predate the course of antibiotics? Otherwise, it's seeming like it was the antibiotics which got rid of your fistula and put you into remission, not your diet. But I can't tell.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)

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   Posted 7/14/2017 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with NCOT. It is best to get the MRI. It is the least invasive and risky of the procedures and tests out there and it could save you from others in the long run. Diet can often take away symptoms but it is still possible to have some inflammation still be lingering which could eventually cause you more serious problems.

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   Posted 7/14/2017 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I third it. smile
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor
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