You have no idea how happy I was to read you are in remission.
Sherry Caris

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.