Hi Vandygrad97, I've over the past several months had problems with muscle cramping in my calves, and recently achiness and tenderness in my joints in my elbows and knees along with bad fatigue. I have UC which is a autoimmune disease that can cause this. Over the past 3 weeks I've had slightly elevated liver enzymes, ALT and AST, I had that retested last week at my gastro doctor, along with 8 other liver tests including a total comprehensive metabolic panel, both liver enzymes were normal this time, however, I had a positive result on the Fluorescent antinuclear antibody test, which can be caused by the UC I have along with the medicine I am on. My doctor said it is not significant and is going to retest me in three months on the FANA test and compare the two.
I read that a number of autoimmune diseases can cause that positive result along with RA, Lupus, Thyroiditis, Graves Disease, certain cancers like breast, lung, ovarian, etc. But diseases like UC and Crohns and viral and bacterial infections can cause it also. I've had a UTI for a month now and after two rounds of antibiotics I still have not totally gotten rid of it. So I wonder if that could be responsible. This really has me rattled.
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance.