I had a flare with my Chron’s that was the most severe that I ever had. It was time to make an appt. with the GI and I was very nervous because I hadn’t been to the doctor for my Chron’s in 20 years. I first met the NP and she was very cool and promising. My condition was pretty bad but she had a very positive outlook on my outcome. This helped to calm down some of the anxiety that was consuming me.
However, when she called the doctor in the entire damn mood changed. He examined me and went full blast talking about flooding me with a bunch of different medicine and performing a multitude of surgeries. I was like “whoa whoa whoa guy”! What in the hell is going on because you’re not giving me the opportunity to process any of this. The conversation went from we can get this under control with time to let’s gut you open and give you an ostomy bag.
Me and my wife were shaking like Scooby and Shaggy and very uncertain of how this thing was going to turn out. I was given flagyl, levaquin, methotrexate, and prednisone until my colonoscopy was performed. Totally different experience from my visit in 1997 and 1998. The first thing I noticed was that there are so many more choices of drugs to fight Chron’s now. This is a good and bad thing. I started to research the medicine and read that methotrexate was used as a chemotherapy treatment. I was like man I don’t have cancer what in the hell is this for? But I was in such a bad place that I took the medicine and started to see some positive results. I eventually was put on Humira and when I started researching the side effects I realized this wasn’t something that I could be on for an extended period of time.
Most of my doctor’s appointments were with my NP but whenever my doctor would come in, surgery was always discussed. After a while he started to look like Jigsaw from the movie Saw in my eyes. I couldn’t understand the reason for this. I realized that even though the Humira was working I needed to find a better option. I was having side effects from the Humira and was afraid that if I went cold turkey without a plan that my issues would come back. If that happened, I would have to look Jigsaw in the eyes and accept the surgical reality.
I began to research like crazy and realized that being on meds long term and surgeries weren’t the answer for me. You take the Humira too long and you get leukemia or some other life threatening infection. Remove my colon, rectum, run my small intestine through a stoma and the Chron’s will reappear in a different location. I am certainly not suggesting for anyone not to take the meds or have the surgeries because I took the meds. If your situation calls for it then you must do what you have to do.
I am simply saying that doctor’s today have no concept of cause and effect. They see the symptoms and quickly try to suppress the symptoms, but never seek the root cause of the symptoms. There thought is” We will keep you in the middle of being healthy and dying so that you will be the perpetual property of AbbVie and the medical world for all your remaining years”. The doctor or NP never said a word about diet changes until my wife and myself brought it up and then they had suggestions. I now hold the phrase “Eat to live” near and dear to my heart. Sometimes you might need the prescription but there’s not a better medicine than what the Most High creates from the Earth.
So I wonder how many people are suffering through constant injections or surgeries. Are these working for you and what other alternatives have you tried? What have your experiences with doctors been like? Are they heavy on the modern western medicine or do they blend it with functional medicine? So until the next post please Eat to live and don’t live to eat.