Arthritis, Sacriliitis, CD and IBS Questions

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   Posted 7/4/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

Long time no post!

Since I was last here, they have moved me up to 6MP...going well on it so far. My colonoscopy didn't find any active CD: good news! However, they think I might have IBS in addition to the Crohns: and it has been the IBS causing the recent problems. Have any of you been diagnosed with something similar? And how did you deal with it?

Apparently the site of the resection has healed well. Whilst this is fabulous, it still doesn't explain the pain I have from the site, and the issues I am having with the external scar.

In other news, they found arthritis in my knees and sacriliitis in my back. Right now they are still working out what do about it. How did/do you guys deal with it? For me it is quite terrifying: my mother had extensive, appalling arthritis, so I know what is coming: I just don't know how fast it will it stands, I can barely climb our (steep, interior) stairs unassisted, and sitting, lying and walking are becoming more and more uncomfortable, more and more often.

I am thinking of asking to be tested for Fibro, as well. A lot of my pain doesn't seem to have a physical cause behind it (or it is more exacerbated then what it should be).
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   Posted 7/5/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I would highly recommend a referral to a Rheumatologist. I have gotten alot of help from mine. I too have Fibro and it is painful. But I started adding extra vitamin D3 into my med mix, and it has really helped the fibro. Took about a month, but it really helped. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/5/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have sacroiliitis you need to be seeing a rheumatologist. I have had several flare ups of sacroiliitis. Each time they have injected my SI joints at the hospital. This really helps because I usually cannot sit, stand or walk without a walker when the flares are really bad. I am also on a anti-THF med to try to keep the inflammation at bay. I took Remicade for 2.5 yrs, then Humira and am now on Simponi. These drugs work wonders on lessening the frequency of the flares.

The knee pain is likely from the same inflammatory process causing the SI inflammation. I usually will have a couple other joints flare up when my SI joints do.

Both of these problems are probably from you being one of the 30% or so that get spondyloarthropathy associated with Crohn's disease. My arthropathy problems are actually worse than my Crohn's disease. Go figure....
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