I have Ulcerative Colitis and I get a lot joint pain which is pretty common for someone that has Uc or Chrons (IBD's). I have OA in my middle finger of my right hand but lately the pointer finger and the knuckle of the left hand have been hurting. Both of my hands have been swelling, especially in the morning. My knees are starting to give me grief and it hurts to kneel on them or stand from a low sitting position. I also get a sharp shooting pain in my knees sometimes. I have one toe on my right food that hurts in the joint and the heels of my feet hurt when I walk sometimes.
The above mentioned only started to happen in the past month. Before then, I had some random joint pain but it wasn't bad. My main issues was the pain in my back. I have had every single test possible to check for the most common forms of arthritis from UC. I've had blood tests (including the HBLA 27 which was negative), MRI's, X-rays etc. At the time I knew something wasn't right but nothing was showing up on the tests and it got to the point where I was majorly frustrated and I couldn't help but think the doctors were thinking I was a hypochonriac. Plus too it didn't help that the rheumy I saw was a major egomaniac. So now a couple years later, these joint pains are progressing and I just don't know what to do anymore. I have a HMO and I have to stay within my circle of coverage or I pay out of pocket. And unfortunately the egomaniac rheumy is the only one within my network.
So what would you do? Would you suck it up and try to have the docs do some testing again? Or would you just wait to see if the pains subside.........or heck I don't know! I am so confused by this whole thing! On one hand I KNOW something is wrong with my joints but the other hand is afraid to go to the doctors again for testing only for everything to show up as negative again and the doctors looking at me like I'm nuts.
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-second series starts 2/17, OA in my fingers -Celebrex, Tylonel Arthritis and Voltaren Gel
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