Anna Paradise: Meds V. Homeopathic

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   Posted 9/26/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  And welcome to HealingWell.  I had to start a new thread for your questions because the other thread got a bit off topic.
I'm sorry to hear your son has been diagnosed with CD.  I would recommend getting a second opinion--from the top pediatric GI in your area (even if that means a bit of a drive).  Your first dr. may have gotten the dx right, but he may not be the best dr. for you/your son.  Also, a good Ped. GI knows that a child with CD needs more than just a dr., they need a holistic approach--including diet, family issues, etc.  Where are you located?  My daughter has a really good GI.  They even do a seminar for adolescent girls to help them with all of the issues that come up with that age, being female, and CD.
As to your question about the need for meds:  Most all people with CD have to take meds for the rest of their life.  There may be brief periods of not having to take them, but for the most part he will be on something.  But I would not recommend taking your son off his meds--even if he feels ok.  He may or may not need stronger meds throughout his life.  CD affects everyone differently.  The thing that amazes me is that some people start off severe and years later are mild and vice versa.  There are even people who have had a 20 year remission. 
One thing I would suggest is to keep a food diary.  I know this is a pain, but it's the only way to know what he needs to avoid.  Also, keep a symptom diary--# and quality of bm's, general wellbeing, etc.  I realize that all of this may be hard to do with a 10 year old, but it's worth a try.
I've just started a book that appears to be really good--easy to read with good content.  It is What to Eat with IBD by Tracie Dalessandro.  This may help you a bit.  The lady is a nurse, nutritionist, and has CD.  She is very encouraging.
Since he is so young, hopefully it won't be as hard to get him very health conscious and get him to listen to his body.  It is very important for him to recognize what is a "trigger" for him and stay away from it.  I wish I could tell you exactly what they are, but like I said, CD affects everyone differently.
Kids adapt quickly--even if it is to a crappy (no pun intended) situation.  You are doing the right thing looking for answers and questioning the doctor.  You're a good mom!
Good luck figuring things out.  Please don't hesitate to ask questions here!  Anything and everything is asked on this site.
Oh, and on the homeopathic part--be very careful with this.  Many things interfere with the meds that your son may be on.  And it may make the situation worse.  I'm not saying you can't try, just be careful.  There are people on this board that use different supplements--from multi-vitamins and probiotics to bee propolis and royal jelly.  (you can do a search and find very helpful threads)
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