Crohn's Disease and you
by Chad Tickner
Hi my name is Chad,
I normally never took part in anything that dealt with Crohn's, until now. I have always disregarded my disease and lived the best I could, because I believed I was just doomed to that meager existence. I have had Crohn's for 10 years, and I can happily say I still haven't had to have surgery.
Recently I found myself in the hospital with very bad Crohn's, part of which was my fault. I decided to introduce a very very healthy diet called the Maker's Diet. The diet is based on his Christian beliefs, and apparently has worked wonders for him. For myself however, this didn't go over so well. The reason it didn't work was because I have had Crohn's for 10 years, and have created a lot of "blockage" in my system. Therefore, the amount of food I was eating couldn't properly make it through my system. This means the food had to come out somehow, and was very painful to endure that pressure.
Since then I have gotten out of the hospital and started Remicade treatments. The treatments have made it so I only have maybe 1-2 bad days a week, sometimes none. My life is complicated at times and I don't always get to go out and do the things I want to, but that is something Crohn's patients must accept. We need to learn to have fun in the times we do feel well, and minimize the times that we don't feel well through treatments. I consider my Crohn's a blessing at times, it has taught me to love so many little things in this world that most people overlook. I for some reason have learned to love little things like the wind, sun, sounds. I notice a lot more in this world that I would have otherwise passed over. I thank God everyday for what I have been shown through this disease, and I do my part to make sure it doesn't interfere to much with daily activities.
Things to consider doing:
drink a lot of water(hydration makes a world of difference)
exercising(which gives you more energy, I know that sounds stupid but trust me)
get plenty of rest
If you were on steroids and experience a lot of joint pain, consider taking Calcium and Glucosamine/chondroitin supplements
Stay away from things that can get caught in an ulcer. These things include but are not limited to corn, nuts and things indigestible.
I have heard Omega 3 fish oil supplements help a lot with inflammation, I will be starting those soon
Above all learn to adjust your life, and accept it will have an impact on what you do. Meanwhile try to find ways to minimize the impact this disease has on your life.