severe upper rear leg pain

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   Posted 8/11/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
Over the last couple of days ive had a flare up of my crohns and ive been having severe pain in my legs. The pain is at the back upper part of my legs and hurts when walking, sitting and mainly lying. It feels like muscular pain but not too sure. My Doctor thinks its related and started my on my Steroids. Do you think this is the cause?
Regards Andy

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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Geeez you got me with that ,,,rear leg,,, part. Thought maybe you were in need of some horse liniment. Just kiding. I use to get pain like that when I was low on potasium. You need the stuff so you may feel muscle pain and fatigue if your levels are low.
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   Posted 8/13/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just put on steriods too. And, I have been having like this itching in my calf
bones/muscle as well, but only on the outside area of the lower leg. It's weird it feels like growing pains because its achey, but itchy. I don't know. But, I concure I agree its the steriods.

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   Posted 8/13/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Besides potassium, you might also be deficient in magnesium.

Or maybe it could be related to your sciatic nerve?
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 8/14/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   

I had pain similar to that although mine would flash down and back up the back of my leg at random times.  I went to an ortho doc who discovered I had an inflamed disc in my spine.  He injected a steroid/pain med into it and I haven't had it since.  I did, however, develop a hernia in my groin which causes a similar pain.  Can't do anything about it until I get my symptoms under control though.  If adding the potassium and magnisium doesn't work, I would suggest an ortho doc.

Good luck!  :)


Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort

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