Hello CarolinAlaska and welcome to the forums.
A little about
myself and having Crohn's disease. I first had symptoms at the age of 7 and the disease went undiagnosed until the age of 13. At 13, I had been rushed to an ER, extremely dehydrated and vomiting. After being examined the diagnosis had been my appendix was about
to burst. Rushed off to surgery, had my appendix removed, which wasn't the issue but the surgeons with having me
opened up realized I had Crohn's disease.
Throughout those 6 years of being undiagnosed, I had many hospital stays to have numerous tests run on me to see what was wrong. Why I suffered from constant diarrhea and occasionally massive pain in my abdomen.
It was definitely harder on my mom than me, I was scared being in the hospital for 2 weeks but I know my mom felt helpless. Looking back as an adult, sheesh, I feel bad for what she had to endure with me.
Yes, there are medications that can be prescribed for us that are scary. One of the first medications I had been prescribed had been Prednisone. A very effective means to get a possible flare up under control, a great medicine for short term use but long term exposure, not so good.
I would suspect in the case of your daughter, she'll be prescribed Prednisone, a maintenance medication such as Pentasa (depending upon where the Crohn's is located), and maybe Imodium for diarrhea.
To answer your question best as possible in regards to numerous medications that can or will be prescribed at some point to treat her Crohn's, it's really going to depend how well she may respond to each medication.
The reason diets can be contradictory and I'm going to include the medications in my answer, a commonality is that we have Crohn's but how we respond and what we can tolerate as far as foods, is different for all of us.
I realize that isn't exactly a definitive answer but with the foods, the diets for example, we all differ with what we can eat and tolerate. It's a trial and error process and I would recommend keeping a journal.
Diet and Nutrition-www.livingwithcrohnsdisease.com/livingwithcrohnsdisease/life_with_crohns/diet_nutrition.html
An excellent website to check out (if you haven't already) is the "Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America."www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease
I would recommend that the GI completes a blood work up to see if your daughter currently suffers from any deficiencies such as B12, Iron, Folic Acid, Etc.
Here's a table with nutrient deficiencies that we can typically have with Crohn’s-www.crohns.net/Miva/education/articles/nutrient_Deficiencies_Associated_with_Crohns_Disease.shtml
I have had this disease for 40 years now, have had one surgery, a lower bowel resection and had been in remission for 15 to 16 years before Crohn's returned. Unfortunately, for some people the disease returns a lot quicker. It is important to manage the disease best as possible and for her to continue to do things that help her, eat foods that don't cause her any problems. All this to hopefully keep her extremely healthy.
I hope this helps a bit and please keep us updated on her progress.
Post Edited (Datawraith) : 1/22/2013 9:09:51 PM (GMT-7)