I'm 19 and I was diagnosed with Crohns when I was 16 and in college. I had to go to the hospital because of how bad the illness had got (I was sat inside for a good 5 months ill) and I was put on a drip which fixed me up amazingly. I then got it again after finishing the drips and not having any pills to control the disease and lost all ability to walk due to my joints swelling up just because I caught the flu. I'm heading to university in less than a month and freshers flu is terrifying me, I'm trying to look into getting the flu jab before leaving or as soon as I get there to cover me.
The best advice I can offer you is watch your diet, any foods which make you feel ill or give you cramps, stay away from them. Have flu vaccines every year. If you have been prescribed medication, take it religiously. Take a couple of fish oil omega 3 tablets every day, depending on how bad you are, because this is great for keeping inflammation down. Try and stay as unstressed as you possibly can, nothing is worth you getting ill. Honestly, nothing. Take things one step at a time. & never, ever smoke cigarettes. It's like throwing a live match down onto petrol, you will most definitely flare up. Go easy with alcohol too, you can still get drunk but if you get to the point where you're passing out, this could affect your Crohn's. Follow these guidelines and you'll be fine, I've learnt so much from it over the last three years and studied into it with help from my friends in medical school to ensure I stay well.
I'm the youngest person with Crohns at the hospital I attend and I'm still having the time of my life, don't let it get you down. Learn to live with it, learn everything about it and the way your body works and become the master of it so you don't flare. Look after yourself and you'll be absolutely fine.
Last edited by SugarPuddle; 23-08-2012 at 03:36.