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   Posted 5/6/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
My back is killing me today. Kind of like sharp spasms, all over the back. Not constant, but worse when I lay down. Geez, I don't know if it's side effects to medications, or just some more aches and pains! Just wondering if anyone else experiences this.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Predisone 40mg, and Asacol.

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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
High Jen . . . I have lower back pain with GI flares. It took me a long time realize it was a GI thing and not my back.

Hope you feel better soon!


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   Posted 5/7/2008 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jen, I have lower back pain when I'm in a flare due to the constant strain on it from diarrhea. Then sometimes my lower back or upper back/shoulder joints have pain due to inflammation.

HOWEVER, when I first started on Prednisone 2 weeks ago, I had these CRAZY, radiating back spasms. I felt it all up and down my spinal cord. It often took my breath away! They would start after I'd gotten up to walk around the house and then gone to sit or lay down. After about 4 days, that went away. Maybe its a reaction to the Pred you just recently started?
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue

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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had crohn's since 1993. I get lower back pain on a pretty regular basis, but particularly when I'm having lots of diarhhea. I am convinced it's crohn's related - I also get stiff joints too. Take Ibuprophen and it helps lots.

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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Mando evidently you are not aware the Crohnies should NOT take any type of NSAIDS, they are really bad for our guts, and Ibuprofen is one of them.

Jen I once had a Rheumatologist tell me that joint pain, including back pain, can be a precursor to a Crohns flare. Right now the biggest complaint I have is not typical Crohns symptoms, but really bad joint pain. My intestinal stuff is in remission, but I always have some kind of joint pain, so you are not alone. You might want to talk to your family doc (GI's rarely prescribe pain meds) and see if they can prescribe something to help with the pain. Hope you get some relief soon.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes get back pains, but it's usually when I'm tired and more of a dull ache. I have had CD for a long time and I think it's mainly due to fatigue and exhaustion. When I am able to lie down and rest it gets better. I would look up on webmd the meds that you are taking and see if what you are experiencing is listed. Don't always count on your doctor to pick up on that stuff.
28, male, diagnosed CD in 93'. Currently taking Humira, and darvoset for pain. Also getting acupuncture and chinese herbs as well as a massage when I can afford it. 107 lb

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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah, no NSAIDS! That's a big no no for me, been there done that before being diagnosed and it landed me in the hospital! I took some Tylenolol for it and it seemed to help some. Today it's not hurting. I'm pretty sure it's in line with my flare, I normally don't have back problems. Makes you wonder, is there anything Crohn's won't attack on us?
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Predisone 40mg, and Asacol.

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   Posted 5/7/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I always get back pain with a fact I often get the back pain first...then I know "oh,oh, here we go again. "
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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   Posted 5/7/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Occasionally I get some blockage near the base of my rib cage. After a day or so of that, my body apparently decides it's going to spread out the pain and my back starts hurting too. Wierd stuff.
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I've recently started getting lower back pain like right above my butt crack(sorry to be so crass but I cannot think of any other way to put it). I was also put on Humira so I wonder if that is associated with it. Anyways, I generally have back pain due to my arthritis but this one is way too low and it feels different so it is something I am going to address with my GI. BTW, my GI and Rheumatologist prescribed me Celebrex which I have been on it going on about one year since they cannot find anything else that helps my arthritis and swelling and it has yet to give my tummy any problems.
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lower back pain, for sure. Started taking Cymbalta which helped alot! I firmaly believe it's related to crohn's. Had x-rays etc.... I know when I'm getting a flare, my back hurt but not anymore since Cymbalta, which I wouldn't necessarily suggest people take. It's hard to go off of.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
for the past few months I will get pain that goes up my back to right between my shoulder is short lived but leaves me feeling sick.I've started having more shoulder and neck pain.
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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and Uveitis and have over the years prior to having a flare up had them give me some for warning. They are precusors to a crohn's flare.

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   Posted 5/14/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   

 I too have alot of lower back pain. I'm sure it is related to the crohn's. Try using a heating pad. That seems to help me out a bunch. Gives me some relief without having to pop another pain pill. I wondered if I might not have Fibromyalgia but that's just a guess But seriously give the heating pad a try. My GI's nurse has a sister-in-law with Crohn's and she has the back pain, My nurse told me to try it and I'm glad she did!

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   Posted 5/14/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I get some back pain with my flares and crohns, but have you checked your b12, sometimes that affects the feeling in your back too, when my back starts getting really sore, I know its time for my monthly shot...the nurses said its a common one that people say they know they need thier shot for.
27 year old, married. Diagnosed with Crohns at 17, suspected of having for at least a year or so before that.  Alot of Crohns in my family history.  No surgeries yet. Imuran treatment with Prednisone tapering at moment.  Possible Fistula.

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