A packet of granules each morning with a glass of water is all the drugs required to keep me on the straight and narrow. It is called Mesalamine; an anti-inflammatory for the bowel.
Normal anti-inflammatories (e.g. paracetamol) take all the blood that has engorged your cells to make them red, painful and inflamed (in your head, or in your back or wherever is causing you grief) and re-directs them straight to the bowels. Mesalamine essentially does the opposite. It might surprise you to learn that normal anti-inflammatories can be so devastating to the bowel when on the back of the box the phrase ‘do not take on an empty stomach,’ does not seem that severe a warning. Clearly there is a mismatch between what the bowels can take, what drug companies suggest, how the people around you feel and how you feel. For that reason alone, I have made rule one of Crohns the following:
|Rule 1: Trust Yourself Over Others|
If something works for you and yet there is no received wisdom that it should - embrace that. Because your bowels are so different from the rest of your body.