Could I have LUPUS?

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redspot321
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   Posted 12/17/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Please help me. Im a 30yo male with a significant history of Crohns disease. Is this Arthritis or something more serious?
 
Crohns -  diagnosed 2005. Small bowel resection in 2008. Been on and off prednisone since 2005. Most recent use of PRED was October 2008. Approx 2 months ago. Ive taken Humira for 2 months with last dose in October as well. I was taken off Humira due to rash on face, and numbness on face.
 
The only drugs Ive been taking since October is Low Dose Naltrexone, Zoloft, Klonopin. Thats it.
My Crohns is great, but now..........
 
1. Im being tortured!! I am having the WORST pain in my life in my joints. I cant take Pain Killers due to LDN,  I cant take NASIDS due to Crohns.
 
2. This joint pain has effected every joint in my body but only effects 1-2 joints at a time... 
 
3. The pain is ALWAYS worse at the end of the day and through out the night. It is Extremely painful during the night and I cannot sleep at all.
 
4. By the morning the pain is almost gone, then by afternoon it comes back IN A DIFFERENT SET OF JOINTS. This is really freaking me out.
 
5. There does not appear to be redness or swelling but it feels like my knee will explode with pressure.
 
6. Ive had this in my Jaw, hips, knees, ankles, wrists, toes, and fingers.
This is ruining my life. I just lay in pain all day without being able to interact with my family

29 YO Male
 
-CD diagnosed in 2005 illieum
-63cm bowel resection in Feb 08
-Steroid dependant following surgery
Humira Start date 8/1/08


Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
That really doesn't sound much like lupus if that's the only thing that's happening. I think the right dr for you to see would be a rheumatologist -- that's the dr who not only does joint pain but is also the lupus guy!

Check out the links in my signature for more lupus info, esp. the 4 of 11 symptom criteria to see if you think lupus is what you should look into. I've been told that one AI diesease usually goes with another, so you may be seeing something like that happening from your crohns - or haven't extreme cases of crohns been known to go into the joints?

Good luck, and come on back if you have more specific questions for us

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hippimom2
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   Posted 12/18/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry to hear about all of the pain you are in - constant pain can really wear a person down, I agree with Lynnwood about seing a rheumatologist to address the pain and possible causes. I don't know much about LDN. We have a member here who is doing well on it and she said that you can't take most pain meds, but she said there was one you could take. I think it was demerol or darvocet (it starts with a d), but I'm not sure. Ask your LDN doc or maybe visit a LDN forum to ask about it to see what might be availiable for pain relief.

I really hope you get some relief soon. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Take care
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Weleetka
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   Posted 12/22/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
You pain is just like mine...
I am always the worst at night.... My only real help in the pain is hot water and rest....
I am taking meds now and they do help but hot water and rest is the best......
I'm sorry this is happening to you...
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