So continues my story from my vegetarian experience. So I finally got rid of my headaches and I was well on my way to completely addressing my blood pressure with the assistance of my naturopathic doctor.
Everything was going fine, then it happened. My Crohn’s flared up. I thought about the last time I had a Crohn’s flare up. It was 1996…my last taste of medication for Crohn’s was 2005.
What triggered this flare up after all of this time? Well, remember I tried to switch my diet? That resulted in more fiber rich foods (things you ironically avoid during a flare up because your system works harder). Could I have triggered this flare up on my own? Was my body trying to tell me something?
I decided to give my gastroenterologist a call. I ended up talking to the resident doctor and after going through the usual patient/doctor question and answer session he came to the conclusion I was having a simple colon spasm (oh boy here we go). He sent me a prescription for blood work and called in a prescription specifically for colon spasms. Once again I had my doubts about the doctor’s call, but who was I to question a medical professional (hmmmm).
Anyway, my blood tests came back showing elevated markers consistent with a Crohn’s flare up. Really? No kidding!
By this time I had dropped about 20 pounds and missed quite a few days of work from being so sick. You can understand why I had to abandon my blood pressure efforts and concentrate on my flare up. My naturopathic doctor provided me with supplements specific to the Crohn’s and adjusted my tonic.
Fast forward 2 months, one MRE (Magnetic Resonance Enterography – basically an MRI of the abdomen where you have to drink this disgusting liquid contrast) and one colonoscopy later, I have vastly improved!
That brings us to the present day.
My daily regimen now includes one Lialda tablet a day (which I hope to come off soon) and the herbal supplements Boswellia and Gastrex. I also still take the multivitamin, iron supplement, etc. I sometimes also take an Omega 3 supplement (from New Chapter). This may sound like a lot to do, but it’s not compared to what I could be on (he wanted me to go on either Humira, Remicade, or Cynvia – very POTENT meds).
So from this post you can probably guess I am no longer a vegetarian. I went back to what was working for me before all of my issues. After dropping 20 pounds I couldn’t afford to be picky. I had to eat whatever I could eat and tolerate in order to put some weight back on.
Will I ever go back to trying vegetarian? Perhaps. Or maybe not. Who knows….
What I do know is it’s been about a good two months now since I was bent over in excruciating pain. Whatever I’m doing now seems to be working. And yes, just in case you’re wondering, my blood pressure has not been bad either, despite all that’s going on. I owe that to letting go more and handling one thing at a time as things come.
Next read how I got out of my flare-up funk!