I did hookworms for Crohn's too. Just redosed February 2nd (I tried them last year but lost them at some point and regressed.) I took 10 this time, and did blood tests before, and monthly. Just got my 6 month one back and it was perfect! No inflammation, everything else normal! I've gained 25 pounds total since trying hookworms. My hair has grown back in healthy, and people who haven't seen me in a while say I'm the best I've ever looked.
I was on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for the last 7 years. Now I can eat most anything. Bread, pizza, beer, even salads! I'm not perfect symptom-wise; still have some mucus and urgency. But before hookworms, I had night sweats every night, was fearing surgery for a stricture in the ileal-cecal valve (and in much pain from it), and had to eat mostly blended foods. I now sleep through the night, have very little pain (my ileal-cecal valve is scarred, and I still get residual pain from a prior surgery to remove my descending colon, but it's very minor compared to the debilitating pain before) and have mostly solid stools! So my progress is amazing. I haven't been on any medications for the last 2 years, so it is assuredly the hookworms that are working. I'm hoping that I get that last 10% improvement in the next few months, or perhaps at some point I will add more worms.
I have figured out how to do egg counts, since it was very frustrating last year to not know what was going on, and now I want to keep track of things. I hope to figure out how to incubate them so I can self-infect when needed.
Anyway, I am very pleased. I was interviewed on CBS a few months back: http://cbs5.com/health/hookworm.treatment.therapy.2.1016319.html
What they neglected to mention is that both the man who was interviewed and I had horrible first-time reactions to the worms. You respond with inflammation, trying to expel the worms initially. I tried 10 worms and Scott 25; I got edema, arthritis, and increased diarrhea from about weeks 3-10 (the diarrhea lasted about a week.) He had to be hospitalized. We both were very sick and on no meds. It helps to have something to curb the reaction. So it's not all a piece of cake initially, but you start feeling better about the second month in, usually improvement really kicks in by month 4. Not everyone gets a bad reaction, most people on Humira or other immunosuppressives fare better.
This last dose caused almost no side effects; so for most people, it's the first time that is the worst. The immune response is learned afterwards. NO one knows yet how many worms are needed, but for me, 10 has worked to normalize my CRP and ESR, so they seem to be enough.
I wish there was more interest and money in this, as I have my health for the first time in a decade. I've had Crohn's for21 years and have tried everything; Humira, Remicade, 6MP, etc. And all it takes is 10 worms?
I'm in contact with a small handful of IBD patients trying this, and most people are getting at least some efficacy. I'm not sure if anyone has successfully come off of all meds. Hookworms seem to make UC worse, but not Crohn's colitis. (Mine is most active in my colon, rectum, and ileal-cecal valve.)
There are two companies selling hookworms, and there is also TSO (pig whipworm.) My hope is enough people try this so that we can prove efficacy, and perhaps eventually it will become more mainstream? Nottingham is studying it currently, but only testing Crohn's for 3 months, so I'm not sure how positive their study will turn out to be.
Anyway, good luck. I hope your side effects aren't too bad, and about 4 months you get a perfect blood test too!