I was diagnoised in January with Colitis, possibly Crohns. I have for at least the last 12 years tried to "fix" an health problems (not that I really had any) naturally, before and after seeing a Doctor. My GI specialist was a complete *** (I was there on an urgent referral and he insisted I had a hemeroid, since I had fairly recently given birth and was irritated that I was "wasting his time") and once I questioned what the side affects were of Canasa and asked if there was any natural way of curing this he closed my folder and said to pretty much leave unless I was willing to take the meds. I did leave and have been seeing a naturopath and an accupuncturist since January. It has been a rollercoaster as far as recovery goes, but things just arn't working. I'm taking: Similase GFCF 2-3x's per day, Permeability Factors 2-3x's per day, Oxyperm 2-3x's per day, Metal Magnet 1x per day, Pro-Flora Immune 1x per day. As well as the occasional other suppliment.
Canasa was $365 per month after insurance and has side effects that I'm not sure I totally understand, since my doctor closed the door on my face pretty much. I decided that I would put that $365 and apply it to natural healing first and if in 6 months I wasn't significantly better I would consider meds. I have also changed my diet. I was a very healthy conscious person to begin with, but I did have a lot of wheat/gluten in my diet and some dairy. I now have no dairy, and very little wheat, but occasionally it gets in there. I am a singer for a rock band and I drank ALOT. I love tequila and beer. I have for the last month given up both and have seen NO difference. Most of my diet consisted of fresh or lightly steamed veggies and I have not changed that. I have reduced the amount of sugars in my diet but not completely removed it. I'm sure there are many other things I have changed but can't think of at the moment.
I am getting worse. I have made an appointment w/another GI specialist that I had a referral from an "friend'. I can't get into him until 7/31 because he is on vacation. I made the appointment 3 weeks ago and today his assistant called (he leaves today for vacation for 5 weeks) and said that he looked over my file and prescribed "a medication for me". I explained that I was ok waiting the 6 weeks to see him before giving into western meds and she told me not to waste her or the doctors time if I wasn't willing to take the meds! I am a wreck. I used to work out 15+ hours a week, play with my kids, be the center of my social life, go for hikes, walks, jogs, be able to stay awake ALL day long! I have been off the gym for 5 weeks now, literally spent 4 days in bed because I refused to go the hospital (the rest really did help though).
Just want to know if there is anyone else out there with my mindset. Am I done? Do I give in and take the meds...what side effects do I have to "look forward to"? I'm angry, depressed, tired, frustrated and feel alone. This forum has let me know at least that I am not alone.
Sorry for the long winded "story", just wanted to try and get it all out.