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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/7/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow I sure am learing that hard way not to take advantage of my "good days".

Today I have this terrible joint pain in both knees and residue muscle pain from the meanest leg cramp that I have ever had. I have no doubts that this is a possible side effect from my medications. Any ideas on how I can gain some relief with this??
I'm in misery!!
25 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
Located in my large intestines, stomach, and mouth.
Asacol 3 3x's a day reinstated 9/20/07
Colazal 3 3x's a day which was stopped 9/11/07
Can not tolerate Prednisone in the slightest amount
Imuran 100mg a day. Which I started 8/24. Stopped 9/11/07
Methylpred 40 mg a day.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 10/7/2007 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not have crohn's but my daughter may and she also complains of these types of pains. Magnesium will help with cramps it is a natural muscle relaxer. I would suggest advil but that could cause you issues with you crohn's. Try a hot bath with Epsom salts. I know these things sound weird but they work. Also for your joints try a bengay type of cream. I use bio-freeze but you can only get it online or from a physical therapist or a chiropractor. Good luck!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 456
   Posted 10/7/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
How's your potassium?  I get leg cramps when my potassium is too low.  Take a tablet and let it disolve under your tongue.  It passes through the tissue and into the blood stream, so it gets there faster.  Sometimes this is enough to stop the cramp for me.  It won't help the ache after the cramp, but it might help stop another one.

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Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 10/7/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I got biofreeze at a local medical supply store that is open to the general public.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now lexipro

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