Gout be caused by Crohn's?

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Jen77
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   Posted 5/1/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty upset tonight. Around 4pm I noticed some painful swelling on the bottom of my foot. I thought I injured myself. Well then around 11pm I was watching TV when my thumb felt weird. I look down to see my thumb swelled up huge! This feels just awful. sad
 
So I called our local nurse health line to see what they thought. They didn't think I should be seen tonight (I was flipped out, and ready to go to the ER). My step-Father has had Gout in the past and suggested it. I look it up and sure enough, see it's a form of Arthritis.
 
So I'll be calling my doctor in the morning. Guess I should call my family doctor? Or my gastro? I don't even know where to go with this. What in the world can they give me? I can't take any NSAIDS. Especially with my prior history of GI bleeding. I saw a different medication, but said it can cause nausea, vomitting, and diarrhea. I definitely don't need that.
 
Has anyone dealt with this and can give me any insight? I'm only 30, I just feel too young for all this.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


Nanners
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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I personally think all Crohnies should also have a Rheumatologist on board. The Crohns related arthritis are terrible. One day I hurt in one area, the next another.

The reason I suggest the Rheumatologist is they can help with meds that we CAN take. No NSAIDS are allowed. Remicade, Humira and Methotrexate are some of the meds that help alot with the Crohns arthritis.

Hope you get some answers soon and are feeling better soon too.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Sniper
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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Jen. Allopurinol may help you, but you cant take it with Imuran. Odds are your uric acid levels are high. Your doc will change your diet too.I know the gout is very painful but high uric acid levels can also lead to kidney stones and that is a place you dont want to go.
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Jen77
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   Posted 5/1/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I see my primary doctor at 1:30. I also have a call in to my gastro doc. He's at the hospital today, so I may hear back from them around lunch time she said. I told her I'm worried about seeing my family doctor, because he just disagrees so much about me not being able to take NSAIDS. Even with my history of a GI bleed. If he thinks it's gout I know he's going to force the issue of taking some powerful NSAIDS. That will just be a waste of time for me.

But I'm still unsure of what's going on. This morning the thumb is less swollen and painful. Still sore and puffy though. I wouldn't think gout would improve so quickly? My foot still hurts though, and "feels" more swollen then it looks (you can hardly see swelling). Gee, I can't even imagine what else could cause such a thing.

All I know is we go on vacation in a month. I don't want to start swelling up when were out of state. Kidney stores is also something I don't want! I remember my Dad having those when I was little, and watching him in so much pain!


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


Jen77
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   Posted 5/1/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to update. My primary doctor said it's inflamed joints, most likely of course caused by Crohn's. He called it I believe: Synovialitis.

Anyway he wants me on the evil Pred for 7 days, and Flagyl. I've never taken either, and I'm quite worried about all the side effects I've heard of.

It's also upsetting that it's now effecting my joints. It's like a whole new stage of this awful disease.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


Kittikatt
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   Posted 5/1/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen, my ankles swell very badly when I'm in a flare. Mine started swelling about the first of April. Everyone kept telling me I might have gout but that's only because they don't understand that Crohn's affects things other than the intestines. I was put on Pred and Flagyl almost two weeks ago and not only are my ankles not swollen or hurting anymore, the rest of the muscles/joints in my body that were inflamed and aching were healed within a couple of days.

I'm going to look up that Synovialitis...first time I've heard of it.

Hope the meds make you feel better.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
36/F/SC
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue


Jen77
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   Posted 5/1/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
That's wonderful to hear Kitt! Have you had any bad side effects from taking either medication?

Hopefully I'll spelling that right. I had him say it twice, and then came home and looked it up. Not a lot of info that I found so far.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.

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