Lower back pain...how to control it

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   Posted 5/10/2006 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I have Crohn's Disease, and have been experiencing joint pain in my lower back. It is really bad in the morning, but it gets better when I move. The pain is starting to get pretty bad, and I was wondering if anyone here knew of something that would help with the pain? Because of the Crohn's, I'm not supposed to take aspirin or aspirin by products. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much. Take care.
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   Posted 5/10/2006 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
HI,you say that you are having lower back pain what kind of pain does it feel like?Have you said any thing to your Rheumy?I get alot of muscel spasms(sp)and I take Flexareal and it help alot so if you are having this kind of pain you may want to see if you can try Flexareal are something else.

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   Posted 5/10/2006 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi curley! I don't have a rheumy as of right now. I have an appt with one of my GI docs tomorrow, and one with my pcp on Monday. I am afraid that they are going to either want to do tests, or want to refer me to a rheumy. I don't really care what this is, I just want something to make it stop hurting. I have had muscle spasms in my back before, and it doesn't feel like this. I hope you are doing well! Take care.
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"

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   Posted 5/11/2006 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I take zanaflex, ultram,celbrex if i don't take zanaflex i have spams but my pain dr wouldn't give me nothing better so i have been hurting more then ever lately so i went to a rumy for the first time on monday he took xrays and blood work when i hurt really bad like lately i use arthtritis cream and lay down for a while i really fell sorry for you cause thats where the pain bothers me the most can't walk, set , or bend over for very long my grand son has to tie my shoes every morning cause the back won't bend or the leg either and i fill so stupid cause i will only be 50 the end of month but my sister is 54 and brother is 52 they are like this also take care and hope you fill better soon DEB

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   Posted 6/13/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I am a Crohnie also.  Have horrible night pains in lower back, and hips--which gets better once I get up.  Had an MRI and showed mild arthiritis. Have a feeling I need a Bone scan to detect the pain I am feeling.  Was told before no prob w/right SI joing, and come to find out via bone scan right SI had damage. The pain is HORRIBLE, night after night, day after day.  Lost 50 pounds, gone to P/T, ride my bike daily, walk and trying to do everything the docs tell me w/ NO relief.  I eat at least one vicodan @ night to help the pain. 

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   Posted 6/13/2006 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Worse joint pain in the morning upon waking is a common indicator for arthritis. I don't know if that's what you guys have or not, but I just wanted to ask if either of you take sulfasalazine? I believe it is usually used for ulcerative colitis and sometimes Crohn's. My rheumy gave it to me for my RA and it has done wonders for my joints thus far. Just a thought. Good luck!
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)

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   Posted 6/14/2006 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I do take sulfasalazine, 1.5 g bid. I think now that my joint pain in my back is due to disease activity, because about a month after my back started hurting, I started flaring. It still isn't really under control, and I still get the pain. I'm hoping that once the flare goes away so will the pain. Take care!
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"

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   Posted 6/14/2006 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
You night want to do a little research on Spondyltis. I have Crohn's and was just diagnosed with Spondylitis, although I've been having symptoms for years. Right now, I have a lot of lower back pain, just like you.  It's much worse in the morning.

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   Posted 6/14/2006 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have lower back pain which is worse in the morning. I have Crohn's too. I did have a bone scan recently and nothing showed up in that area but I do have inflammation near the bones in my legs and most recently chest area too. The radiologist said it's possible I have something in the lower back area but it takes time before it shows up. My lower back pain also started when the crohn's was flaring. The pain pills I take for the leg pain don't really do much as they are pretty mild pill I believe. Does anyone have any suggestions? I do see my rheumatologist next week so I was going to discuss with him. I'm also currently taking remicade (have had 2 treatments) and some other meds for crohn's. Thanks

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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  my name is Ginger i have crohns to, my  low back hurts to all the time i have been trying to find out if this is part of crohns. do you no if that has something to do with it. please wright me back thank you Ginger.

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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jellybean.  It seems like you may have spondylitis-ish issues.  I would recommend you see a rheumy because if you do have spondylitis (which is common with IBD), it can do some damage to your joints.  The biologics treat spondylitis quite well--I believe enbrel is actually FDA approved for it.  Of course, the biologics also have benefits for IBD.  Are you taking any?  Remicade?  That's why you should go to a rheumy.  They are more likely to prescribe the biologics, unless you are already receiving one from your GI for the IBD.


Hope you feel better soon,



Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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