I think the doctor is right to check things out. Months of constantly bloody D, without improvement, isn't good.
You might want to search on soccermandy's posts. She is a teen who had terrible trouble controling the UC and eventually had surgery. When they removed her colon, it looked horrible (and she did have a link to the pictures). Unfortunately, sometimes the disease progresses so fast and is so severe that surgery becomes the best choice. I'm not saying that's what will happen to your daughter, just putting some more information out there.
I was terrified of surgery and wouldn't even let myself THINK about
it until April 2007. I was flaring badly and just wanted it to end. A couple of books were recommended on the forum and in my thirst for answers I read them. The calmed my anxiety and I made peace with a surgery that I may never have to have, but if it comes to that point, I know I can do it. So, if you're up to it, I would recommend them. Things are much scarier if you don't know about
"It Takes More Than Guts" by Philip Van Hooser
"bag lady" by Sandra Benitez
Usually the first step meds are 5ASAs. Then if those don't work, immunosuppresants are next. If those don't work, the big guns come out - Remicade and Humira. If the disease proves to be medication resistant, surgery is the next option.
It really helped me mentally when my doctor told me what the plan was during my last flare. He told me what we were going to try next and then if that didn't work, what the next step would be. I felt relieved to know that there was a treatment plan. Maybe something to ask your doc about
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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