Joint pain whilst on steriods

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missnuts
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 6/9/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope someone out there can help me with this.  I was diagnosed with crohns this time last year (symptoms for years) and have been on steriods more or less ever since. Also taking Methotrexate and waiting to start Remicade.  For the last few weeks I have been getting pains in my legs (sometimes wrists) especially at night in bed.  It seems to start with a sort of flu like aching and I can't get comfortable then the pain gets worse and I can't sleep.  What I don't understand is that on the dose of Pred that I am on at the moment the bowel symptoms are fairly reasonable (some days get one solid bm !!!) but my joints hurt - how does that work.  Surely if I am taking steriods I shouldn't be getting inflammation in the joints ?  

ZenaWP
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 6/9/2010 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
How much prednisone are you taking?  Even when my gut was in remission, my arthritis was flaring.  I have been on prednisone for a year and a half straight and we have yet to get the arthritis under control.  It has actually gotten worse lately even while on prednisone.  The methotrexate should help with the arthritis, though, so I would talk to your doctor if you're still having that much trouble.  Maybe you aren't on a high enough dose of the pred or mtx. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


missnuts
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 6/9/2010 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for that I am on 15mg of Pred daily (can't get any lower than that) and 15mg of Methotrexate a week.  Don't know when I will see my GI again as I am waiting to see if I can get funding for the Remicade.
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