by Dan

My name is Dan. I am 65 years old. Crohn's started at age 13. 52 years living with Crohn's disease. I had multiple surgeries (resections). Now have short small bowel only 5 feet after my last resection in 1996. I cannot have anymore resections. I was having average 10-12 bowel movements per day after surgery. Sudden urgent movements had to be within 5-10 minutes. My condition left me home-bound 95% of the time. If I had to drive, had to not eat or drink 2 hours before leaving house.

Then in 2009 an assistant doctor with my regular GI suggested codeine to reduce number of bowel movements. Started with 15 mg twice a day, bowel movements reduced to 5-7 per day. In 2010 Increased codeine to 30 mg twice per day. Bowel movements decreased to 4 per day. The urgency is now gone. I can travel and drive again without having to know where a toilet is readily available on short notice.
Codeine has been a life saver for me. I am no longer house-bound. codeine may not be for every one with crohn's disease. If you have more than 5-6 bowel movements per day with urgency you may ask/discuss your GI about trying codeine.
I am sharing this in case it may help some one else in the same situation.
Dan, Toronto.


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Oct 25, 2017

by: Inna

Thank you for sharing that Dan! So glad thy found what worked for you. It's certainly not the first choice of therapy just for others to know with side effect related profile. Wishing you all the best.

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