I'm 26 years old, and after more than 2 decades of gastrointestinal distress I've finally been officially diagnosed with Chron's disease by a GI Specialist after a colonoscopy and endoscopy. He put me on a medication and ordered a few more tests. At the request of my mom I'm also going to an "alternative" herbal doctor tomorrow who is also a licensed MD, not just a snake oil salesman. I'm not much of a believer in natural remedies, especially for diseases as serious as Chron's disease, but I figure since she's also a real doctor so I'll listen to what she has to say. Anyway, anyone else dealing with this nuisance of a condition? I have a relatively mild form of it now, but my biggest fear is having it progress and have parts of my intestines surgically removed. This combined with my hypertension, I'm very concerned my overall lifespan is already shortened. There are no lifestyle changes I could make to alleviate my conditions that my doctors could recommend to me anymore at this point for either of my conditions. I feel like at this point I'm at the mercy of my cocktail of medicine every day. I hate this, I'm so frustrated. On the outside I look like a perfectly healthy and happy young guy, but my health problems are starting to take an emotional toll. Somehow they used to be much easier to forget about.