When I was diagnosed with Crohns, I was in the hospital for a month. I was very low on potassium and they put it in my I.V. several times each day. A potassium I.V. is quite painful and I don't want to go through that again, so I take 500mg of potassium twice a day.
I recommend that everyone take a potassium supplement daily. Low potassium seems to go with a Crohns flair and you do NOT want to receive a potassium I.V. Talk to your primary care Dr. about what dose you should take.View Thread
When you get tender, painful and/or burning on your rear end from too much diarrhea or leaking, try putting a few dabs of food grade corn starch on your rear. That's corn starch, not laundry starch or anything else from the kitchen.
I've known about this all my life and just realized that others may not know of this miraculous treatment. It will provide a lot of relief almost instantly and relieve all of the discomfort in just a few minutes. Any discomfort left after 10 minutes is caused by something else. It's that effective.
In America the most common brand is probably Arm and Hammer. If you know of a major brand of food grade corn starch in another country, please post it so others will know what I'm talking about.
I apologize to everyone for not posting this earlier, it just didn't occur to me until now that not everyone knows this.View Thread
Good for you Barbara, I know how tempting it is to try every "cure" or treatment that you hear about but careful checking and research is the key to separating the possibly good treatments from the cons. At times I've felt like having a serious disease is like having a target painted on me that every con-artist in the world can see. Be slow to try something and always check with your doctor first because some of these things don't play well with the meds we take.
Hello to everyone again, it's been a long time since I logged on.
Hannah, it seems you've been through a lot since I was last here, I hope it has improved your life at least a little.View Thread
Wow Hannah, that GI is sounding less and less competent. I've heard of a few cases of Crohn's Colitis so he certainly should have heard of it. I sure hope he gets his act together, it would be the pits if you had to start looking for another GI again. At least you're feeling better than you were for a few weeks.
Hang in there kiddo, we're all pulling for you.View Thread
Thanks for letting us know Mindy. I'm sorry he's in that state and I'm sure everyone can relate to him just as I can. I think one of the worst things about getting badly dehydrated is how difficult it is to start an IV, it sure gets bad when they have to stab you many times.
Please give him my best wishes if he calls you again and keep us up to date?
I sure hope you're getting the information you need to avoid having any more tragedies. It seems to me that the accidents would be much more traumatic than talking to whomever you need to for help in avoiding more of them.
Good luck and my best wishes to both of you.View Thread