Crohn's progression

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   Posted 6/1/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere recently, that the first year of Crohn's is the best indicator of how severely the disease will progress. If the first year is severe, than the likely course of the disease will be severe. If mild then mild. Does anyone know if this theory holds any water? It would be nice to have some indicators for how the disease will progress.
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.

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   Posted 6/1/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if this holds true. I know with me it doesn't. My first was aweful and I was almost in a wheelchair because I couldn't walk.
That was 9 years ago. I've had flares since then but they have been very mild and I did not have the joint pain with them. I was
able to take Cipro for a few weeks and was back to normal. I'm having a bad flare again with the joints being effected and its
major flash back to 9 years ago. :-(

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   Posted 6/1/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure either, but I have read (courtesy of the CCFC) that at least 9 different gene clusters contribute to the development of IBD and define the severity and behavior of the disease over time...and that cigarette smoking is one KNOWN trigger for crohns, including second-hand smoke.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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