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My teen daughter has Crohn’s

My 16 year old daughter, Farrah, was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s at the end of December. We were visiting Orlando, FL for two weeks and arrived on Christmas Day.

Farrah started vomiting and was passing blood. We thought the blood was from a fissure.
My husband took Farrah to an emergency hospital. Farrah was then transferred by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital in Orlando.

She spent 6 days in hospital. After several tests, she was diagnosed. Doctors told my husband she was very sick. We flew back to Canada on Jan 8, 2018.

Farrah took different antibiotics and started prednisone. She is still having stomach pain but no longer passing blood. Her joints hurt a lot. She will see a GI specialist on Jan 15th.

So I am learning a lot about this terrible disease.

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    1 year ago

    I’m sorry about your daughter’s diagnosis, I too have Crohn’s. Just know, initially, it is scary but it is absolutely possible for her to get better and thrive.

    I am doing amazingly well and without pain today. A quick tip I would suggest for the joint pain is essential oils. I use them often and they give me so much relief.

    Also, when I was first diagnosed, all I did was take the meds prescribed and pray they would work. Conquering Crohn’s takes more effort than this, at least in my experience. It was the moment that I began to do my own research, change me diet to avoid diary, grains and processed sugars, use supplements, take probiotics, drink celery juice that I began to thrive. You must tackle the disease from all angles. Use conventional medicine as a tool. Use healing foods as a tool. Use natural remedies and holistic approaches as a tool.

    I am rooting for you! Know you have a community here to fall back on.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

  • Jean
    2 years ago

    You are right.. it’s a terrible disease!! Yes, joint pain, along with the stomach issues, is sadly a part of it. I hope y’all get a handle on it soon.. as much as anyone can.. and she feels better soon..

  • CrohnsInHeels
    2 years ago

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I wasn’t lucky enough to see a gastro until 14 months into my “diagnosis” (which changed after that) and I was on Prednisone for 3 months. I regret not seeing a specialist sooner. I hated prednisone, but other medications made my joints hurt too much. Your daughter has a long road ahead of her, but after two years and Humira, I’m feeling better than I have in so long. Good luck to her (and you!) on this journey.

  • Jean
    2 years ago

    My daughter also used helped her!

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