I went through a year's worth of surgeries for fistulas and abscesses before they even figured out I had crohn's.
The only medicine that cleared up the issues was Remicade at that time. I failed 5asa's, 6mp's, and steroids... Within about a month of my first Remicade treatments I was able to notice the fistulas/abscesses healing, and in another month or two they were gone, and I felt well enough to go back to work full-time. Remicade is one of the "big guns" though, so it merits serious consideration. I never had any particularly bad side effects, but many on here have.
I wish you and your son the best of luck as you research and soul-search for your answers! Welcome to Healing Well.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
'cade stopped working in '08 and I've been scrambling ever since.
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, and Prednisone
Soon to Start:
Cimzia, acacia fiber supplement, and L-Glutamine