Hukleberrie I am so sorry to hear about your brother... :( My thoughts are with you! I hope your mother doesn't have CD!
I haven't been technically diagnosed with Crohn's yet either...I do have several symptoms that could be Crohn's (mouth sores, diarrhea, episcleritis--which went on for about 6 months, cleared up for a month, and is back now--and rectal bleeding). My first significant illness was in December of 2006--I had conjunctivitis in both eyes for about 3 weeks, a severe kidney/bladder infection which made my urine pink from blood. Anyhow I got over that then about two months later I got the influenza, then I got viral spinal meningitis about 3 weeks after that and since the meningitis, everything else has just kept coming. I honestly had hoped that my episcleritis was from having the meningitis but after 4 eye doctors evaluating it (I went for second opinion after first being diagnosed and the 2nd clinic I was seen by 3 other doctors) I finally went to an internist and she said Crohn's is the second most common cause of episcleritis and ran all kinds of blood work to check for anything and everything that can cause the eye condition. All my blood work came back normal so I had the scopes and the biopsies did not confirm Crohn's but I have inflammation in several places--my esophagus, my terminal illiem my cecum just to name a few.
I am the kind of person that wants an answer for everything...that's probably why I posted my question in the beginning. Having that eye condition for months drove me crazy, especially when the eye doctors could not explain it. They even did their own blood work as well. They finally told me to go see a doctor because they figured something else was going on to make it last and last.
Honestly, I have wondered if my previous illnesses have caused this. I don't take very good care of myself when I am sick--as soon as I feel the slightest bit better, I am off and running doing housework, getting back to work, etc.
On the other hand when I think about it, I have had bouts of diarrhea off and on for years. At the same time, if I had Crohn's all along, I wonder why it didn't show up in my biopsies. I guess only time will tell. I am very thankful though, if I do end up having it, that it started now and not in my teens or 20's.
I wish the best for you and your mother. I sincerely hope neither one of you have Crohn's. Take care and keep us posted!