How long to flares last?

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   Posted 9/17/2007 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
 I am new to posting so forgive me if I do this wrong.
My son is 11 years old and was Dx with CD in May, although he had his first scope a year before. In July he was Dx with spondylitis. He is currently on pentasa, Imuran, Prevecid, Dicliflonec, and was recently on prednisone.
He just spent the last week in the hospital, with sever lower right abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarea. Beacuse his blood tests all came back in the "good" range, the Ped. said that he had probably caught a viral stomach bug, and that we just needed to let it run its course. He was able to come home this weekend and was doing better(little to no pain) and then at 3:00am it hit again. This time the pain was even worse. I took him back to the Dr. and we are now waiting for the lab results to come in. This sucks!!!!! I want my son to be well. Our Gastroenterologist is a six hour drive away so we try to work throgh our local Dr. as much as posssible. I am just don't know when its time to go... when do you begin to say this could be more then a flare? If it is a flare how long do they last? Does the meds he is on mess up the blood tests? Is there anybody else out there with kids that have CD?

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 9/17/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry you and your son are going through this. My daughter was dx'd when she was 12 years old. She was put into the hospital for vomiting and was there for 4-5 days until the rest of the family started getting the vomits. Turns out it was just a viral infection.

I'm sorry I can't answer your question about remission. I don't think anyone can. Everyone of us are different and each med works differently also. My daughter only had a few options when she as a child but there are more and more information and meds out there now. The first year or two are the most difficult and you have to have close contact with the doctor so he/she knows what is working and what is not. Keep asking questions and read, read, read. Don't get scared about what you read, since there is a wide range of possible problems but please do get informed. It's the best thing you can do for your son.

Take care and keep asking questions.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Vicky. I have been doing my best to get informed.. it is so much to take in. And it is hard to watch my son hurt. Today was a tough day.

His SED rate is up so we know we are dealing with a flare... But this to shall pass. :-)

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   Posted 9/18/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Welcome to HW Hoping your son will feel better soon and there is more hope nowadays with new meds then years ago. It must be hard for you to have your GI so far away. Hopefully your Dr is knowledgeable on CD. You will find lots of support and help here. lol gail
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