I have ulcerative colitis and take a 5-asa so I'm in a different situation that you. But...
I think the idea of not taking meds really isn't good. I can see it for the moment if you're trying to get pregnant. After that though, you have to get your mind around the fact that you have a serious medical condition, and waiting for the bottom to drop out before you treat it is not exactly the sanest thing to do.
I've had to take meds every single day for the last 18 years. It's not something that I really want to do, but when I think about what would happen if I didn't, it's the lesser of two evils. By not taking something as a preventative, you're bound to have more problems later on - "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."View Thread
I wonder if you could smuggle the prep I take (it's still not available in the US). My GI suggests it as it's "less gross". It tastes like ground up orange chewable Vit C. I liked it better before they 'improved' the taste, as it was bland and I could mix it with fresh juices. When it's time from my scope I worship my juicer.
I only have UC but I can tell you one thing - patience. He hasn't been on the meds for very long. Between when I first got sick and when I was diagnosed was only two months, but it took me about a year to really feel like myself again. Just like "Rome wasn't built in a day" this is going to take time.
Have you tried diet changes, and does he take any vitamins or any other supplements? It's not a cure but when it comes to digestive issues, we really are what we eat.View Thread
Once you have an IBD you have it for life. Sometimes it'll be active and other times it'll be quiet, but you still have it. What you need now is someone (mostly likely here by the sounds of it) to talk to who can explain things.
Crohn's colitis means you have Crohn's in your large intestine. A short primer:
"Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting, or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration."
Dehydration is common with Crohn's. Constipation isn't as common but I know people have posted here with it instead of diarrhea.
You're going to have to figure out a treatment plan that includes meds and dietary changes. Btw a low dose of antidepressants is commonly prescribed as they've been shown to calm the 'mind' we have in our gut.View Thread
I also have seasonal depression and before I had a light box I had to have a collection of non-physical things to do every winter. Some days all I could do was listen to music, other days watch tv/movies. When I felt slightly more energized I would play Atari games (I need to get that hooked up to my new tv) or sometimes put together a jigsaw puzzle. I can also spend huge amounts of time on my computer, on and offline.
Oh how I love the invention of the dvr. It is sooo handy when you're watching something on tv and your belly decides otherwise. Being able to pause and rewind is so useful.
I don't know that it's entertaining but I've started making basic container candles, which takes time to do (you don't have to be standing over it most of the time).View Thread
Here's an IBD starter diet. Yet another one of the fun things we get to deal with is that there isn't a set diet, other than "don't eat what bothers you".
* eat smaller meals at more frequent intervals * avoid eating many processed foods * avoid citrus fruit and anything highly acidic * reduce the amount of rich, greasy and fried foods * limit consumption of milk and milk products * restrict your intake of high-fibre foods * avoid whole corn (inc popcorn) * cut back on sugary foods * avoid alcohol (esp beer)View Thread