I’ve had crohn’s disease since I was 15, and it’s been a journey that I could describe as a roller coaster. I’ve had my ups and downs. For a few months I’d be in remission and then for a month I’d be really sick. Things went this way from the time I was diagnosed shortly after my 16th birthday until I was about 18.
When I turned 18, my doctor decided to try a drug called infliximab, or Remicade, and it seems to be a wonder drug. I’d go in to the outpatient nursing clinic at the hospital and get this drug through an IV ever eight weeks. I still get it every eight weeks.
However, last year I started flaring up a lot even though I was on the Remicade and another drug called Imuran. I finally decided that the cause for my illness was diet and stress, as I had read a lot on the disease and my body would get too sick for the medicine to do any good.
Finally, I began experimenting with diet and exercise. To my surprise, exercise alone seems to be enough to keep me in remission as long as I am getting my Remicade every eight weeks. That’s without even taking the Imuran, so no need to take pills every day. Right now, just having to go to the hospital every eight weeks for a few hours, I’m a lot happier than when I started with my consistent flare-ups. I know from previous experience that if I also focused on my diet I’d personally have no need for the Remicade either, since my case of this disease seems to be so dependent on diet, exercise and stress.
I’m not saying that this will work for anyone with Crohn’s disease, but I am saying that it works for me. I hope that no matter if you are healthy or have a type of illness that you do the research and try to get your body on track through exercise and diet. Try to do this under the guidance of your physician or specialist, and make sure you get to know your body. This has helped for me, and now I am in a much better place as far as my health goes than ever before.
Thanks for reading!