I think I read in another post your son is 16? My son will be 16 next week. I am not a font of information, as he was diagnosed only last June. That said, I want to tell you from talking with parents on both coasts of the US and parents here in the mid-west that there seem to be vast differences in children's disease management from doctor to doctor, place to place. (And of course, every person's disease warrants individualization of treatment, so this is understandable.) For example, our GI doc is a CD specialist at Children's Hospital in St. Louis. He puts little to no stock in many of the blood tests/markers (like Serology 7, sed. rate, CRP, etc.) people discuss on this board. He says it is all about
the colonoscopy biopsy and symptoms. Symptoms symptoms symptoms. This is very different from what I've learned talking to moms in other parts of the country.
Some pediatric doctors will not consider using prednisone to stop a flare under any circumstances. Our doctor chose to use it. I know it is very effective--and it did stop my son's flare. After he was off the pred. I spoke with a mom in CT who told me her son's doctor would not use pred., and instead utilized a semi-elemental (all liquid) diet to stop her son's flare. This is considered a viable option (albeit, very difficult). We were not given this option. I am not necessarily being critical here, just attempting to demonstrate the differences in approach to management.
Another thing about
our doctor; he is not very
open to managing the disease with diet and/or supplements. He's having to put up with me, though, and that is what we are attempting to do. Thankfully, it seems my son has a mild case of CD and it *seems* what we are doing currently is working. I say "seems" because I understand this disease can be insidious. Things can be going on in there of which we are unaware.
Our doctor is a great guy who has given us lots of his time and patiently answers all of our questions. I usually go in with a list of questions so I don't forget anything. I also keep a folder with copies of test results and notes to myself.
Is your son flaring at the moment?
I hope this helps a tiny bit! Feel free to email me personally if you'd like to talk further.