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   Posted 7/6/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
eyes  Ok so this lower back pain is getting so old. I'm sick of waking up in pain everyday i did tell my rheumy that i was having lower back pain at my last visit. He just noted it and moved on like i never said anything. I would think he would be the dr. i should tell since he's the one treatring me for my crohns related arthritis.I'm starting to think since he didn't investigate my problem that maybe i should see my pcp and have some type of xray done. This has been going on for at least a month or longer now and some days my hips hurt too. What would you do if it were you?

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   Posted 7/6/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Since I've been in this CD flare since May, my lower back has been killing me too. I've told my GI, Rheumy when I went to him, and second opinion doctor I had gone to. Not one of them have done anything about my issue either. When I started the prednisone though it went away. Well I'm tapering down and last week when I came down to 20mg it started bothering me again along with my joint pains and my D kicked up. So I've been
a mess here lately. I'm going to call my GI Monday. I'll probably end up going back up some on the prednisone.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 20mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
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   Posted 7/6/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Spoke to my PCP recently about my back pain and I'm going for X-Rays. Although she did say there's not much we can do about it. I currently take a couple of Tylenol and it helps sometimes. She also said she'd send me to a Physiotherapist for exercises to do every day.

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   Posted 7/6/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
The amount of lower back pain I have is directly related to how bad my bowel symptoms are, which makes me think that the LBP is also an inflammatory response; crohn's related arthritis.
My LBP also decreases with higher steroid doses. Humira, Azasan, and 20 mg of pred helps alot, but not nearly as much as 40 mg of pred.
I've tried *alot* of back excersizes aimed at helping LBP, and have had zero success. The only thing that helps is keeping the inflammation under control. Well, that and 100mg of Ultram ER twice per day. Often times, excersize exacerbates the inflammation, making the LBP *much* worse.
For me, a bad CD flare not only means innumerable trips to the bathroom, but debilitating LBP to the point that I can't even pick up my 13 month old daughter.
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Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, Pentasa 4 gm/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.

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   Posted 7/6/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My lower back pain gets worse with all the bathroom trips too.

This really helps me: I lie on the floor with my legs up on a chair or ottoman, knees bent at a right angle. Try to keep my shoulders down. I usually raise my arms straight up in the air and move them up and down. Sometimes, I line my legs straight up against my bed or the wall instead of the 90 degre angle. Then I flex and point my feet feeling a crazy stretch all the way to my back. Usually helps for a little while anyway.

Good luck.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa, just started humira

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   Posted 7/7/2008 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
This is so uncanny.... I was heading down the stairs to my computer thinking to myself: " I think I might ask about this LBP I have almost all the time. It stops me from doing a lot also.... like picking up my 7 month old grandaughter or doind a whole lot before my back and hips give out and I have to lie down. I've noticed that it gets worse at night, when I 'm lying down....but it definately impedes my walking during the day as well. I've never thought it was CD related until now. I have partial obstruction/ strictures which means things don't move very quickly and definately get stuck along the way. I'm having a colonoscopy on Thursday...so I will be interested in seeing if the back pain lessens after the prep.
My PCP didn't give it much of a second thought when I mentioned it...My GI wants to see what he finds during the colonoscopy..... I have upper left quadrant abdominal pain also that he feels are CD related.
I wish our pcp would take us more seriously.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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   Posted 7/7/2008 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
How ironic! My lower back hurts so bad that you have no idea. It has been ugly for the last few days and I don't even know for sure if it is from Chrones or something else.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Last week i went to my chiropractor twice and still no relief. I remember the last bad flare i had alot of lbp. I'm not having any bowel issues except a little c but i do also know this dd can do it's damage silently. I had a scope in april and much to my surprise i had ulcers all over my colon.I thought i was in remission guess not.Still looking for some kind of relief here sorry so many of you are also having lbp.I've brought it up to my gi in the past and he didn't really have much to say about it. I don't think he thinks the lbp is related to this dd.I believe lbp goes along with flares for some of us. Take care


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   Posted 7/7/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm also suffering with the lower back pain. I never thought it had anything to do with my stomach issues til the doc at the ER told me it could be related. Hopefully it goes away soon because that with all my other symptoms is becoming too much to deal with...ugh!
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, and in the process of being diagnosed with crohns. Too many meds to list!

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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
AuntKay,,,,what type of mattress do you have ? The reason I ask is I have one of those adjustable beds with adjustable firmness. It has done wonders for my lower back. No its not a full cure but it was worth the cash I had to plunk down to get it. I was having such trouble with my lower back that I had to roll over on my stomach and let my feet slide off the bed until I was kneeling and ten I could push myself up with my arms. If I tried to just sit up in the morning I was toast for the rest of the day. Know I can get out of bed almost like a normal person. Sometimes just raising the part where my knees are helps the pain. I can also lift myself up to a sitting position with the bed and then just drop my legs over the side. I was very sceptical about buying this bed, but it has really helped me.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 7/8/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I get bad lower back pain too, my Rheumy says I have arthritis in my back. Some days the pain is awful. I never thought my gut could be also causing it.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort Switching to Humira June 2008 will wean off Pentasa and Entocort

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma - Also on Prilosec for reflux.



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   Posted 7/8/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that I have Oestoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Uveitis and they are secondary to my Crohn's. I also suffer from lower back pain to the point of siting it aches. I know that I have been given Prednisone for my arthritis in the past but not now seeing how my bones have begun to thin and they are worried about it. Though, prednisone an anti-inflamatory is great for arthritis, asthma and uveitis among other disorders. So if you hurting more when you are decreasing your prednisone it make sence. It was working for both your arthritis and crohn's.

In fact the prednisone created my Oestoarthritis. It does thin out bones and that is why doctors don't want to have patients on it for to long.

CD diagnosed 34 years ago
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Lap-assisted Ileocolic Resection- February 2008
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Back on Prednisone - I hate it
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Prednisone 1% (eye drops)
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   Posted 7/8/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Lower back pain too. X rays etc..... Finally asked my Gynecologist for Cymbalta, it blocks the pain and wala, much better for a year! I could barely walk I hurt so bad.
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