People invariably think that healthy eating is a valid way of treating Crohn's - it isn't. Or, more accurately, it isn't a proven
way of treating Crohn's. There have been no large-scale, random controlled trials on Crohn's and diet. All you will find on the internet are anecdotes and a lot
of pseudo-science, frequently to be found on commercial websites with supplements and diet regimes to sell.
Even if a diet makes somebody feel better, feeling better is meaningless on its own. Loads of things might make you feel better; that's not
the same thing as stopping or slowing the underlying disease process. There have been people on this forum who've gone on the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) and then had an obstruction out of the blue months/years later. Alternatively there are people who weren't on any meds and not on any special diet who were in remission for 20 years.
Please, for the love of god, stop nagging your wife about
her diet. Partly because it's none of your business (it's not your disease or your body) and partly because it's clearly, and unsurprisingly, completely counterproductive. The sort of diet she would have to go on to make any potential difference would be so insanely restrictive, most people cannot do it long-term (e.g. the SCD, enteral nutrition). Diet is NOT curative: I cannot stress that enough. There is no food under the sun which possesses 'healing' powers. If only.
As for medication, do you know which ones your wife has been offered and what she is refusing to take? 40 hospital admissions are an awful lot - are they all for Crohn's and has surgery ever been mentioned?
PS: Just so you know, a lot of people with Crohn's have to eat a bland low-residue diet. If they have strictures, it's a must that they avoid fibre. Let adults with Crohn's make up their own mind what they eat: they are adults, not children, when all said and done.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay )
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)
Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 10/5/2017 12:21:22 PM (GMT-6)