Does Anyone Have Crohn's Disease?

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  1. KBG204

    KBG204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious to how common Crohn's Disease is. Wondering about the best diets and strategies to cope with the disease. How bad are your symptoms and any suggestions. Feedback is appreciated!
     
  2. countrygirl74

    countrygirl74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 14-year-old son has Crohn's Disease. We had known his whole life that he had "intolerances" to certain foods, but thought he "outgrew" them as he got older. Then one summer as he was just beginning puberty, he crashed. Lost weight until he looked like a concentration camp survivor, severe stomach pains, alternating between constipation (which caused hemorrhoids) and diarrhea, headaches, joint pain and aches, bad breath, some hair loss, some vomiting. Due to the severe case of Crohn's, he was not getting any nutrition. This also caused his teeth to have issues. At a time when his body really needed to kick it into overdrive, it couldn't keep up and just gave up. He lost a good year, almost 2, of growth. We tried everything that was suggested, from gluten-free diets, to the Maker's diet, etc. These all helped but did not "cure" him. He had to give up sports and any other physical activities as he couldn't hardly exert himself. The specialist wanted to put him on steroids and other meds and have him follow their nutritionist's diet. We refused and asked if we could try something on our own and if it didn't work, we would go their route. That's when we tried the SCD diet - Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Within 2 weeks, he had NO symptoms, I mean NONE. He started putting on weight for the first time in almost 2 years. He started running around, etc. It has taken him about a year to put on some muscle mass, but now he can go hiking, carry heavy objects, and is starting to catch up to his brother again. I highly recommend this diet. You have to stick to it 100% to heal your body, but it works and now he can "cheat" once in a while with no repercussions. You would not even know this kid has Crohn's. Here's a website that will help you get started.
    http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/
     
  3. KBG204

    KBG204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow sounds just like me. I have tried all types of medicine and diets, but never heard of the SCD diet before. I was diagnosed at the age of 13 still have rough regular symptoms till this day. I was just curious if there was another way to manage other than medicine which I do not take anymore. Did your son have bad anxiety because of crohns? How did he manage his pain?
     
  4. countrygirl74

    countrygirl74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't notice any anxiety but if he's not on the diet, and before we got him on this diet, he could get downright bratty and mean - it changed his whole mood. He is the sweetest, loving kid. He has never been on any meds for it. Before we put him on the diet, we would give him Tylenol, etc.- but now he doesn't need any pain management. He literally has NO symptoms of Crohn's as long as he stays on the diet.
     
  5. KBG204

    KBG204 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use bentle for when I have bad flare ups. Nothing else, I glad he is doing better. Crohns is difficult to live with.
     

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