I've mentioned a few times that I was doing low-dose naltrexone as an experiment, and I promised that after two months I'd report back results. Well, it's been two months, and I'm afraid I'd have to grade it a "D" at best. However, not everyone else will have this result, so let me explain.
I actually DID fell better soon after starting the naltrexone, though I wasn't that bad to begin with. Anyway, the really big problem for me was insomnia. I'm naturally an insomniac anyway, and marital stress along with my Crohn's has contributed to that problem. But after starting naltrexone, the problem grew notably worse. I started taking sleeping pills, and that helped, but it seemed that without pills I really couldn't sleep. And of course, you can't take sleeping pills every night forever, because they are habit forming and become less effective over time.
So I quit the naltrexone a few days ago, and already my sleep is much improved.
So what to do about my Crohn's? Well, like I said, I wasn't that bad when I started naltrexone, though I have been deathly ill in the past (and have had three resections). Right now, I'm doing some supplements which help: vitamin
A (fish oil type), probiotics, and MSM. Just today I restarted sulfasalazine (I'd prefer mesalamine, but it's too expensive).
I do not feel badly, but I really was hoping for a miracle with naltrexone. Sad to say, that miracle didn't work out for me. However, I don't want to discourage others from trying it. Others on this forum have claimed some success with naltrexone, so there may be value in it. Were it not for insomnia, I'd probably still be taking it.
I'd appreciate any comments from others who have gone the LDN route.
Crohn's since 1988