Hi ivy's mom... you mentioned you are willing to try anything. You don't say how old your daughter is, but is SHE willing to try anything? If she is, I would definitely recommend reading the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall and starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Since you mentioned she's not happy with her weight, a great side benefit for her is that she can lose weight on the diet (my son has to eat frequent meals so as to NOT lose weight). Does she take a high quality probiotic? That would also be a great idea!
When you ask "how do I get her doctor to give her the antibiotics?", for what are you wanting the antibiotics? (i'm not familiar with n&v) For the micro-organisms we've been discussing? If so, keep in mind that that treatment, as I understand, has its own set of pitfalls. Taking a triple or quadruple antibiotic therapy for 2 to 4 years should not be entered into lightly--at least that's what a GI doctor here in the US told me when I was questioning him at length. That doctor is one of the very, very few in this country who uses the anti-MAP therapy, but prefers to use it as a last-ditch effort, when all else has failed. He also prefers to use it on "worse case scenario" patients, of which my son isn't.
And as Osprey101 pointed out, there is a large percentage of folks who undergo this treatment who end up back in the same boat. This suggests to me that we just don't have the right drugs for the job yet. It can't be emphasized enough *how very difficult MAP is to kill.* It's not a typical, run of the mill pathogen.
So is the problem MAP? I dunno. It could be fungal, Klebsiella, E. coli, or as our GI recently told us "a massive gut flora imbalance. Something that's supposed to be there, run amuk". Shoot, it could be ALL of those! Bottom line is, they just don't know.
So for us, until there is a real, true light on the horizon, we'll continue the SCD and probiotics.
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)