Lisa explains how she discusses her Crohn's disease flare-ups with her physician and describes how her diet affects her symptoms.
I always talk to my doctor. You have to be honest with your Crohn’s doctor. You have to be on the same page. It’s a condition where they cannot see what’s happening physically.
If you went in for a broken arm or broken leg you could see, “Oh, I have a compound fracture,” but with Crohn’s you can’t tell, and when you are in a flare they are not just giving you a colonoscopy and obviously if you’ve just had a colonoscopy a month ago they are not going to give you another one. So you have to be on the same page with him 100% so he can know how to treat you.
There different drugs that they can give you to treat different parts of your system so, by giving them all the facts is the best way that they can treat you because they know which areas to treat probably by what you are describing to them.
The foods that I eat don’t really affect my Crohn’s. My doctor will tell you, “Eat whatever you want.” Especially when you have Crohn’s, you are usually very thin so they just want you to eat.
In my case he suggests that I do not eat any dairy products whatsoever, but really, I eat everything and I don’t believe food has anything really to do with it. I think it’s bacteria, but bacteria that is caused from some foods like major carbohydrates like a potato. If you eat a potato it’s going to stick to your insides for a long time before it digests and that can cause bacteria and I think that bacteria is what causes Crohn’s.