I feel for you. I, too, have a son with Type 1 (he was diagnosed at age 6, is now 18 and a freshman in college and doing really well...his average A1c is about
a 6.4) By empowering to learn self-managment, he has become independent and makes really good choices about
his BG monitoring, diet, insulin dosage, etc. Just as you had to become a diabetes expert overnight, you will become a UC expert for your other son. So, here's my take on imuran:
I have UC and started imuran 7 weeks ago. I got off pred yesterday
I think the imuran has REALLY helped, and I would follow the advice of others above, with proper monitoring, imuran can be a godsend. (I am going for blood work this morning) I can't imagine how hard it would be to have UC at his age ( I have a 13 year old son too). I think when the quality of his life begins to suffer, and he's not doing the things boys his age do, you must go to the next level of treatment. Since it takes a while to "kick in", I'd start asap.
Again, I feel for you. Having 2 sons with such conditions is a challenge. The fact that you are on this forum shows what a great advocate you are for your boy. Knowledge is power, but sometimes I think we have a little too much knowledge, and that can hinder you from being proactive. Like everything else, you need to consider the pros and cons. UC is a real burden, the physical pain only part of it..the psychological is at times worse. As an adolescent, your son has the usual challenges of that stage of life. If it were my boy, I'd try the imuran. I have and it has brought relief. Good luck and God Bless.~CiTA