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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Crohns in my early 30s. I now have a daughter who has been complaining of a stomach ache and has been having loose stools for about 3 weeks. It's very uncommon of her to have D when she usually has C. I took her to the Dr and he put her on Prevacid for a week to see if that helps. Should I be more proactive and insist on seeing a GI now, or should I wait and see what the Prevacid does?
I don't post on here much but read the posts often. I appreciate all the feedback I've gotten in the past.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
If your daughter has already been through 3 weeks of D, I would be calling a GI. There's a good chance it's just a bacterial infection or food allergy - but general docs, in my experience, are TERRIBLE at diagnosing even the easy stuff when it comes to the digestive system. I would seek out a GI, for your daughters sake, and for your own piece of mind.

Wishing you and yours the best of luck!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I know how you are feeling. I have 4 children and everytime they say their stomach hurt my biggest fear is that CD has started in them. Fortunately none of them have had their symptoms linger. I would not push the issue unless the problems persist. Just my thougts.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
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Dx'd with Crohn's at age 12. Symptoms since age 5, RLS, Depression, Anxiety, and down right feel yucky some days.
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
CD is familiar with in family DNA but not necessarily hereditary.
My mother was diagnosed with CD in 1973, I was having pains and signs as early as 1976, 4th grade (age 10) but I felt a sharp tear in my lower stomach area as I was in gym class in 7th grade (age 13) doing the standing broad jump. It took seeing 3-4 different Dr. and many test and finally after a year I was diagnosed with CD...who would of mom had it the entire time as they where trying to figure out what I had?? Man mom felt guilty back then for having it all that time and not recognizing it, but that was in 1980-81 when CD was less known, now more Dr are aware of CD and some even over react to dealing with CD (I had my issues mostly with Dr in the ER's).
After I was diagnosed my older sister and brother were diagnosed with UC...then in the later part of the 80's my Aunt on my fathers side was diagnosed with CD, so I have it coming from both side of my DNA make up.

Johns Hopkins has done a DNA study on my family for genetic make up to help fight CD.

Just keep a eye out.

Dave age 42

Post Edited (MDdave) : 11/19/2008 9:28:56 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Have you got her blood tested and stool examples ?lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   

I was diagnosed at 34..I am turning 39 now.. My oldest son was DX with CD at 18 & his intestines are backwards in his body but function fine..He is 19 now and away at college at OU..asacol with flagyl/cipro mix work well for him..My other two sons 13 & 17 show signs of bad IBS symptoms.  My daughter shows no signs of anything..Andrew gets tired & nauseated and gets diarrhea and when tested show the patches of inflammation and a high white count..He is 5'7 and weighs around 135 and has never been abe to gain weight..My mom was CD & dad ulcerative colitis which both were diagnosed late.  My father died of an abdominal clot which ruptured..


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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Another comment: When my son was diagnosed, I cried for three days..I did not want to pass this on and worried about how it would affect him.  My husband was like not supportive about my reaction.  He was like he is not dying.. The DD has affected my daily life, my career choices..ect..

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 132
   Posted 11/19/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I would definitely keep an eye on her. If she doesn't improve, her D persists or she has other symptoms, then take her to a GI. My daughter went undiagnosed for well over a yr and I'm sure it was longer but a yr of bad symptoms. Our primary Dr. kept passing it off as other things. Her first visit to a GI, he scheduled her for a colonoscopy and endoscopy and was able to diagnose her. Best wishes for you and your daughter!
32 yr old Dx w/UC in 2001 - some what controlled by diet. I take multi-vitamins & probiotics.
Mother to 16 yr old daughter dx w/CD 9/07- she had surgery for abscesses 11/07, ileocolectomy/resection 10/08. She is taking multi-vit, iron for anemia, probiotics, bentyl prn, prilosec 20mg-x2, 6 mp 50mg-x3

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