Osteoarthritis and Crohn's

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WriterMum
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   Posted 3/19/2010 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, yesterday I received the results of my MRI. I have been having right hip pain since June last year and finally the MRI appointment came around! I have been diagnosed with "significant moderate arthritis of the right hip joint with joint effusion" and "significant subchondral bone edema and cyst formation in the acetabulum" which I think mean the same thing!

Anyway, I went on the osteoarthritis forum and so many people have CD or UC as well. I was wondering whether anyone here has information on how/if there is a connection. Also, what pain killers do other people use given we cannot use anti-inflammatories like Advil?

I have to admit that I am feeling pretty depressed about this. I was really hoping for a diagnosis of something fixable. The doctor told me to take Advil, glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin. Have these (not the Advil?) been effective for anyone here?

Thanks.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/19/2010 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey WriterMum I am another Crohnie who has Osteoarthritis. I think mine was caused by using steroids alot thru my many years with Crohns. I use Percoset 1/2 tab 3 times a day to keep my pain in check. I actually am meeting with a Orthopedic Surgeon the end of this month, to discuss a total knee replacement. I actually need both done, but will be doing them one at a time.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

soppendeuff
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   Posted 3/19/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having some hip pain, too. I can't take Advil or any kind of NSAID without activating the "Crohn's Launch System" in a major way - they have flared me too many times in the past to even consider it.

I don't have a diagnosis at this point because this is only the second time I've had this sort of pain - the first time I managed not to tweak it too much by not sleeping on my left side (which I hate) and it eventually calmed down. But this time around, it's back with a vengeance and it's higher intensity level leads me to think I will not get off so easy this time. Sigh.

It's not unbearable at this point, but majorly irritating and uncomfortable. I use Voltaren Gel for other local aches and pains when they inevitably happen (knee, etc.) but it's no good on the hip. Anyone have any suggestions?

The NYTimes has a story today about "salasate" (an older NSAID that I've never heard of before) that's apparently helpful with controlling blood sugar in diabetics. It mentions that it is thought to be gentler on the digestive track than aspirin. Anyone tried it?

Thanks for reading.

Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
typically NSAID are very bad for the intestines for crohnies.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


1asalsa
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   Posted 3/20/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, don't take the Advil! You could ask for a prescription for Ultracet (Tramadol). I have taken it for back pain/hip pain.

Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 3/20/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Have any of you tried using a heating pad for your pain in the hips? I have found it very helpful in the past.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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