Hi Diet Dad,
I have Crohn's and was recently diagnosed with Factor VIII deficiency, probably VW...my hematologist has performed numerous tests on me, but it seems that the labs do not offer the one he needs to figure out exactly what my issue is. I have dealt with bleeding during flare ups for many years, and just had a hysterectomy because of constant bleeding. I also take Remicade, Lialda, prednisone, and entocort, so with all of those factors, I bruise very easily and am anemic. I don't know if there is a link between the two conditions - my GI tested me many times for bleeding disorders and never came up with anything, then after my fourth child was born and I started having gynocological issues, the gyn tested me and found the Factor VIII problem...the hematologist didn't believe it until he did the tests himself.
Good luck to your daughter, I hope she can continue to live medication-free!
Asthma (diagnosed at 12)
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed 9/01)
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02)
Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Chronic pelvic pain/endometriosis, leading to hysterectomy (9/07)
Torn rotator cuff/labrum (repair 11/20/07)
Bladder sling (8/06), cholystectomy (2/06), tubal ligation (2/06), failed ablation (3/07)
Taking Lialda, Prednisone, Entocort, Remicade, Bentyl, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Effexor, Xifaxan, Flagyl, and pain meds.