are the symptoms allways the same with crohn's?

My son is 15. 9 weeks ago, he became very unwell whilst climbing a mountian, and had to 'go' there and then. A bout of loose bowels and stomach cramps lasting 3 weeks followed, then it clamed down for a day or 3, then returned with headaches and fatigue, we where given 2 types antibiotics, the loose stools then calmed a bit, but the pain became worse. he has since had sore throats,occasional inability to keep breakfast down, stomach pains (lower right on the whole), headaches, and nasea, these have become our lives,there is some respite for a day or two, but never for long! he has missed school almost constantly, as when he went, they had to send him home. He now has what the doctor termed a severe ear infection, and is on amoxicillin for this.i think this is a result of bieng so run down, he is rather on the thin side, BUT he is now eating fairly normally again. the first bloods taken 5 weeks ago where normal, but he has declined in health since, and struggles to walk up the lane without discomfort. However, his bowels are now back to normal, just pain, nausea, belching and burning when he does pass a stool. We see the GI on friday..they have mentioned colitis, appendicitus, crohn's and IBS..i had anal fistulas and abcesses as a child,and had surgery twice for these. and there is coeliac in my family, for which they took bloods that are not back yet (5 weeks ago), my brother had a sort of bowel stretch thing done too, but i dont know what is relevant, i just know i want my son to get his life back. any advice or help appreciated. thanks.

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your son
by: Anonymous

this is like looking in a time warp mirror. same shit happened to me. you can make the remission last longer (or possibly keep it all at bay) with a good diet. its not a bad thing to eat a kebab or pizza once in a while but make sure you get plenty of good natural food inside ya. take vitamin supplements and cut down on rough food. by rough i mean crispy stuff that still has edges on after you swallow it, and fibrous veg like spinach and sprouts, root veg breaks down more easily. also shells and skins aint very good eg sweet corn shells and tomato and jacket potato skins. acidy drinks can burn sometimes, try to find a tasty alternative. the bowels in this instance are very sensitive so they must recieve the best nutrition with the least irritation (and fake stuff that we not meant to digest)

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by: Anonymous

well, we saw the GI doctor, and as my son was not currently suffering severe diarhea, he was not too concerned, and asked him to 'sit on it' till oct, then return for a review. My son is a little better just now..and i have noticed, he seems to get an attack of these awfull symptoms after eating fatty and fried foods too..especially the nausea. The pain has clamed a lot recently, and he is using immodium properly when needed. I have everything crossed that this good spell will continue, and that he doesent have this illness after all, it has been a dreadfull time, as i too have been ill, and we all need a break now! thanks.

My heart goes out 2 ye
by: Anonymous

Im hoping that by the time ye recieve this somebody would have answered your questions. My heart goes out 2 your son & your family as i know how you feel, more so your son. Theres plenty of things that Colitis/Cronhs can affect, its almost impossible 2 tell you them all. However what your son seems 2 be expeirencen are the same as a Colitis/Cronhs sufferer would. Me, myself missed alot of school from the ages of 8 up 2 14 Hospital was my second home also i was told & came 2 understand that when like myself or your son has these horrible symtoms the body cant fight off infections. Ive had chest infections,mouth ulcers,painful joints, incapable of doing limited exercise. The abdominal pains that comes with the loose stools are almost as bad as chilbirth, as when i was having my son i mistaked the pains for a flare up. Its very hard. My best advice would be 2 find a good Gastreneotrioligist. Somebody who will understand, thats very important as ive had some bad experiences with some that would brush you off with any type of medication. I hope you get the answers you&your son deserve. Get well soon. You can contact me direct if i can be of any help, suzzanne2138@yahoo.ie

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