I am currently experiencing a lot of joint and muscle pain and stiffness after waking and sitting/laying for several minutes. It makes it hard to walk after rising. My Crohn's disease is currently in remission, so I don't think the arthritis is directly related to IBD at this time. I recently had some blood work done for a totally different condition and had a positive rheumatoid factor of 71, ESR slightly elevated at 31, and C-reactive protein mildly elevated at 0.6. Also, two of my liver enzymes were elevated-ALT 38, and ALP 134. They all point to inflammation, but I can't seem to believe Crohn's would cause all of these positive blood tests, especially since there is no current inflammation in my gut. Do any of you know if this is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis or any other conditions?
Thanks for your help!
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Diagnosed at age 26 with small bowel Crohn's disease; also have enteropathic arthritis, fibromyalgia/myofascial pain syndrome, gallstones and gallbladder removal, kidney stones,erythema nodosum, eye inflammation, hiatal hernia, GERD, lactose intolerant, migraines, Vitamin B-12 deficiency
Waiting on probable Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis from Johns Hopkins-abnormal MRI containing 9 lesions, experiencing headaches, blurred vision-possible Optic Neuritis, dizziness, numbness/tingling, vibration sensation while resting, muscle weakness, Vitamin D deficiency
Medications: Pentasa, Nexium, Salsalate, Lactose pill, Tramadol