Help with Crohns
Hi. I was just diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2 months ago. I am currently taking Isoniazid for latent TB and can't start Remicade for two months. I am actually very nervous and leery about the Remicade. Not only for fear of it's side effects, but also for fear that I have a SEVERE phobia of needles. They are suggesting the Remicade because I have an enterocutaneous fistual from a previous ileostomy site (the ileostomy was reversed in April 2014). I also have no terminal ileum so I require a monthly B12 shot. (I was told an injection was the ONLY way I could absorb the B12 I needed). I am 51 years old. I have NEVER been sick until this all started with a bowel perforation in December of 2013. It has gone down hill since then. As a matter of fact, it had been at LEAST 15 years since I have stepped into a doctor's office for anything. My theory always was...."if it isn't broke, don't fix it."!!!!! And yes that theory worked great until now. So as you can imagine, I am not dealing too well this "upset" in my life. I am pondering "throwing in the towel" and not treating my Crohn's with medication and just altering my diet, but everyone is telling me I NEED to take Remicade. No one will tell me what happens if I don't. So that is my question....what will happen to me if I don't do the Remicade and what will happen to me if I stop my B12 injections?