I took myself off immunosuppression drugs years ago in my early 20s when I had enough faith in consuming a clean diet to keep my Crohn’s symptoms from ever coming back. It was a bit shocking and just a bummer to find that I once again formed a perianal abscess in October of 2015, admitting myself to the Saint Mary’s ER on October 18th. I was 25 years old. The first time I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease was in 2001. I was about 11 years old.
There was about a week of rectal pain leading up to the point my abscess progessed to discharging on its own with a fistula ultimately forming. Actually, it was that same Sunday morning where the pain was at its worst and then later felt a huge relief (no longer had the pressure of pus buildup in my abscess). I was a PSE mail processing clerk at the Post Office at the time, and was supposed to show for an early 5AM shift.
I was very hesitant and skeptical to go through any of the medical procedures the doctors would recommend as follow-ups. I did opt for a CT scan (nervous about the radiation exposure), but compromised by electing out of ingesting a formula to more accurately contrast the CT. I was at a crossroads when they wanted to put me on Cipro and Flagyl antibiotics to eliminate the infection.
My mom was there in the ER room when they were going over the different options they wanted to pursue, and they were heavily leaning on the antibiotic route. Now, as a guy who believes in the healing power of nutrition and doubts any pharmaceutical drug (that just band-aids the symptoms as well as being toxic with mercury), it was one of the most difficult decisions in my life to tell them, “Yes”. The only reason I started on a round of antibiotics was because my Mom was quite upset to the point she left the ER room in tears.
See, my Aunt is a nurse at Saint Mary’s and she stopped by as well to visit me. Sitting next to my Mom, she basically re-said what the doctors already told me, going over the worst case scenario of the infection possibly going systemic. That wasn’t very settling, more so for my Mom than myself to hear.
After going back and forth between telling the nurse on duty and the doctor resident I did not want to take antibiotics, I decided to stay overnight in one of the hospital rooms and start on Flagyl and cipro.
Why did the inflammation return?
Lesson #1: Don’t eat raw meat! That has got to be the main reason why I redeveloped perianal abscesses. There must have been some sort of parasite/bacteria in the raw meat. I would eat raw lamb and beef. There is a highly believed reason for the occurrence of Crohns, which is MAP bacteria. This is found in cattle.
My diet as I was healing? To be continued…