Subject: Re: Any advice what be appreciated
I have a 12 year old and a 15 year old - and with an autoimmune disease myself (Ankylosing Spondylitis) I keep a close eye on their health to see any signs.
My daughter was tested last week for anti-TTG antibodies and also for HLA-B27 gene (for AS) - as she is tired a lot the time and exercise (after breakfast) sometimes triggers asthma. She get some back pains. I am sure it is related to the food she eats...but it is hard to change a diet without evidence.
I am going to suggest something that your doctors may not even consider - but believe me this is not an off the wall suggestion. It is based on JIA and other forms arthritis now being a common initial presentation in Celiac and also in Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and other food allergies especially Casein protein from cows milk. Doctors will not even think of this until there is a gastro-intestinal problem - but there doesn't always need to be one. Even if tests are negative for Celiac it is worth trying as there is no accurate test for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.
Evidence is that a number of factors increase the chances of getting an autoimmune disease, casearian birth, not-breast feeding and over use of anti-biotics at a young age. These dictate how your protective "gut based" immune system develops - and this is where 75% of all of our immune systems reside.
A diagnosis would be great for your friends son - and the drugs that they might prescribe once diagnosed might work. However these treatments are completely at odds with some of the causes of the disease - and will lead to a lifetime on these drugs.
There are now better skin prick tests for food allergies - and there are also private blood testing for reactions to food.