You are very kind, Sherry. Likewise, I’m glad that you know what your triggers are and what “treatments” help. Too little sleep definitely makes me likely to have a flare-up, as does stress in general. Because of where I’m affected (below the sigmoid area), foods don’t make a difference, and mesalamine doesn’t help…although, I recently started taking Lialda, which has a pH-sensitive coating that keeps the mesalamine from being released until it’s in the colon, and it seems to help a little.
Since you mentioned dairy, even though every doctor I’ve seen says it’s not the Crohn’s, I get apthous ulcers (aka canker sores) in my mouth when I eat cheese. Chocolate, peanut butter and, oddly, bananas also trigger them. I’m sure it’s the Crohn’s, but if it isn’t well-known in the medical establishment, no doctor will even consider it.
Thanks again for your empathy and your story. It’s good to be reminded that we are not alone.