And they started the patient on methylprednisone and then also gave him helminth therapy. Helminth therapy while available today, is not really provided by most hospitals and doctors, because of a lack of study I guess. And the guy also had a lot of the extra intestinal manifestations of crohn's - uveitis, blocked bile ducts because of possible PSC. And strangely, he was peeing blood - I didn't recall that being a symptom of crohn's.
They found worms in his liver and dewormed him, and he got worse. . . and they theorized that the worms were keeping the crohn's in check. But I thought the worms need to be in the intestine . . . maybe it doesn't matter where the worms are . . .
But it was good to see a disease like crohn's in mainstream TV. More awareness is probably a good thing. I do think they got a few things wrong and used the worms for their shock effect I guess. But still, way more correct than like ER.
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life