need advise for my 9 yo,sorry a little long....

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   Posted 7/2/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,I need advise on what to do for my 9 yo son.He has intermittent stomach issues,and a few mths ago it was really bad one day,bloody diarrhea and cramping,resolved,got better,his sed rate was 19,then dropped to 2,he gets joint pain intermittently and mouth ulcers.Our Peds GI is concerned because he is presenting like me,and would feel better scoping him,in my heart ,I agree,but I would rather wait alittle while longer to see how he does.Knock on wood the last month,he has been great,except for the mouth ulcers,so here's my thought... take him to our general Pediatrician,and get her opinion as well.  What do you guys think??
Is anyone out there in the same boat,with their kids starting to show signs??
Thanks :-)

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   Posted 7/2/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I was worried about my 7 yr. old last year...went to a ped. gi. He did an upper and lower scope and labs of course. Nothing came up crohns which I was thankful for. She has been doing alot better.

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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was about 13 I had problems too. I went and had a Sigmoid scope and a colonscopy and they found nothing. Then 20 years later I found out I have Crohns. I think they have a better understanding of Crohns now a days compared to when I was 13 so maybe you should have him looked at even if it is for peace of mind.

Good Luck!
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   Posted 7/3/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
My personal opinion is do as the Ped GI wants. Sadly, it sounds like Crohns to me. The mouth sores and joint pain really do point to it. I would maybe ask about a pillcam for him. Those are usually the best tests to diagnose Crohns. Hoping he doesn't have CD, but I think with your history its better safe than sorry.

Big Hugs to you both,
Gail *Nanners*
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   Posted 7/3/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
My dad has crohn's, and I had my first small bowel series when I was 8. It didn't show anything, but I continued to have stomach aches. The disease didn't come on heavy until I was about 19 or so.

I'd probably do the scope. If it comes up negative, you get peace of mind. If it comes up crohn's, you can start some form of treatment (meds, diet, natural products) to get your son in to remission.

Good luck with what ever you decide!
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
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   Posted 7/4/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
The GI would do a endoscopy and colon,she said that is best for Peds cases,which I agree. I just wish I had a crystal ball to tell me what to do.Thanks for your support,I guess,I just needed to hear it,I will make a apt with his general Peds soon,and we will go from there.
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