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My name is Shiela and my daughter has been diagnosed with Bechets. Is there anyone who has has success with any kind of treatment. So far not much has worked for her.
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Hello Sheila (@mrmaind11), Welcome to Mayo Connect – I’m glad you found us. Thank you for being an advocate for your daughter. I am not familiar with Behçet’s disease other than to know it’s very rare. The National Institutes for Health has a little information on it but you may already know about it:
The UK’s NHS website also has some information that may be helpful here:
I’m tagging a few Connect members who have mentioned Behcet’s disease along with a few others hoping they may have an answer or suggestions for you. @onmylastnerve, @linditz, @kanaazpereira, @hopeful33250
If you are comfortable with it, can you share what kind of treatments your daughter has already tried?
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Hello Sheila @mrmaid11
Let me add my welcome to John Bishop’s. I’m glad that you found Mayo Connect! I am not familiar with this disorder either, but I see that Mayo Clinic has some information on their webiste, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/behcets-disease/home/ovc-20178984. From this description, it appears that the symptoms can include the eyes, the digestive tract, the skin and even the brain.
I also have a rare disorder, neuroendocrine tumors, and I certainly understand the frustration of having a rare disorder. If you or your daughter are comfortable sharing about her experience it would be helpful to know what kind of symptoms she has had and how this diagnosis was reached. How long did she have the symptoms before she was diagnosed? What type of specialist does she see for treatment? We look forward to getting to know you better!
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Tough deal for your daughter. I know someone with that disease, complicated by a combination with another equally rare and more difficult disease.
I wish I could tell you there’s a simple answer, there’s not though.
It’s truly a systemic disease and many of the treatments given are more for pain management. There are some steroids that are sometimes used.
Prednisone colchicine Topomax Toridol, are some of the prescriptions involved in the past. Remicade was also considered but not attempted. (very expensive and again the treatments can sometimes be worse than the disease) I’m not an expert on any of them, and like you’ll likely hear that effectiveness will vary on each individual. Some of those are pain management.
( What I’m going to say next is not meant to sound like a horror story I’m just being honest, and I hope it will be taken in the way I intend it, although it’s hard to express in text)
Accept the fact it is incurable, don’t go to a doctor thinking this one will cure, there is no cure.
Don’t have a false hope that this doctor will “do it” the up and down emotional ride from that can be the hardest part, for the supporters of the affected, and the affected.
Some symptoms can be controlled/or minimized. You will likely see Neurologists and possibly Dermatologists, and Rheumatologists, one we saw was considered a local expert because he gave a speech on it once as part of a Paper he delivered to his peers.
Your area may have doctors with more familiarity than this area, you may need to explain to doctors what it is if you need to ie go to Emergency Room.
It’s not fun to watch someone go through a bout of this. In major flare ups it can last days or weeks, but it will pass, and things will return to normal in between flare ups.
I wish you and your daughter all the best it’s not a death sentence! It is life altering, but a reasonably normal life can be expected. Inform yourself when you can.
It’s hard to explain it all in text, but it’s ok to contact me if you wish. If you post here with my username I apparently get notified.
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My daughter is 58 years old and was finally diagnosed
with Bechets at the Mayo Clinic 15 years ago . After a dental procedure she .
developed little painful sores in her mouth, thinking it was Herpes . As it got worse she went back to the dentist who said it was not Herpes but didn’t know what it was. Developing severe headaches she saw a neurologist who suspected Bechets but wasn’t sure. For some time thereafter the various doctors were puzzled, tried prednisone which helped reduce some of the inflammation. Her mouth cleared up and she then developed the same kind of sores in her vaginal area which were extremely painful..along with the ulcers she had severe joint pain and GI problems. Fatigue became a major problem. She is a professional but had to stop practicing and did so for 10 years during which time she tried methotrexate and Embrel. The Embrel helped some but it was off and on because the Embrel compromised her immune system and she got sick often which required that she be off the Embrel during that time. She is now back to work, tries to pace herself but continues to have periodic flares, breaking out, headaches severe fatigue, with no warning at all.
An interesting fact: when she was 16 she had encephalitis. When she in her first year of law school, right at exam time, she had encephalitis once again and was hospitalized. Much later on we found out that having encephalitis more than once was symptomatic of Bechets. Right now she takes meds for the pain for whole body arthritis like symptoms which cause inflammation through her body. There is no cure and so far she doges the best she can.
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It sounds like you’re well into it, I thought maybe you were new to the situation. It’s a long haul for sure. Doctors in general don’t know much about it for sure. Glad your daughter has been able to get back on track, to a certain amount. Having a strong spirit and not giving in can go along way with this.
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It sounds like your daughter is dealing as well as she can with this disorder. I like what you said, “She is now back to work, tries to pace herself” that is a real important factor in living well with chronic illness – being able to know your limitations and pace yourself. That is great that she is able to work again as well.
While there is no cure for this disorder, she has definitely made progress. I’m glad to hear that Mayo was able to come forth with the diagnosis. It certainly helps to be able to put a label on problems, doesn’t’ it?
Thank you for your response. Hopefully the future will. Bring some more sussessful treatments for this illness. In the meantime we must learn to treat our bodies kindly and carefully listen to the messages they send us. During flares the optimism wanes but returns once the flare is over.
Welcome back, @onmylastnerve! Thank you so much for answering our shout out to you. Can you believe it’s been 5 years since you wrote about Behçet’s on this forum? Do keep in touch and thank you for all the support you’ve offered.
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