I'm very excited. I am finally showing signs of healing, and today I was able to decrease my dose of Corticosteroids! Yay!
Even though I did feel a bit lost after receiving my diagnosis initially, I have been able to do a lot of research about how to treat Crohn's Disease and Crohn's Flare-Ups and I think that it has helped.
Right now, I have chosen to focus on these three things: Medication, Diet, and Lifestyle Changes.
Today lets talk about medication. I have been working with a great doctor out of the University of Washington. One of my favorite things about him is how open he is at communicating with his patience. It is very important to start treatment right away when you have a Crohn's Flare, and the most common therapy is the use of Corticosteroids. Most steroid treatments are short term because if the serious side effects associated with them. This was my biggest concern because I could not afford to be on a medication with serious side effects. I don't have extra support and my life doesn't stop when I am sick so life altering side effects were not an option. Thankfully my doctor understood my situation and worked with me to chose a Corticosteroid with the least amount of side effects.
After 5 weeks at the highest dose of medication, today I got to decrease my dose by 1/3. It basically means I get to take 2 pills instead of 3, but I am so excited. It means treatment is working. I'm not in any pain, I am beginning to eat again, and I've experienced moments where I feel absolutely amazing! I caught myself dancing in the kitchen with my son the other day without any hesitance at all. We were having so much fun, and the only reason my stomach hurt was because I was laughing so hard. I do miss my chin though and am not fond of these chipmunk cheeks that come with the use of Corticosteroids, but hopefully they will go back to normal as the dosage is lessened. I must say the puffiness is my least favorite side effect. That and the racing mind.
My sister and I often send humorous picture back and forth to each other as a happy thought to brighten each others day and the ones about steroid use with Crohn's Disease are hilarious. The best past is they are totally true. Take a look and see if they make you laugh as hard as they made me laugh! Let me know which one was your favorite!
Have a blessed start to your week!
Hi there! Welcome to Grace In A Glass. My name is Danielle and I am so happy that you are visiting this site today. We all have something in life that we are working to overcome. I began blogging about my struggle with overcoming Esophageal Dysmotility and Crohn's Disease with the hope of reaching others with words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for letting me share my stories with you, and hope you have the most wonderful day!