How many ya'll have rheumatoid arthritis along with Crohns?

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have posted something regarding the symptoms that I am having lately on this website already...but I was just informed that its possible I could be experiencing signs of rheumatoid arthritis... which scares me a little bit cause I dont know much about it....has anyone out there been diagnosed with this?

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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have RA but do have Osteoarthritis. I know many of us Crohnies do suffer with some form of either inflammatory arthritis or osteoarthritis. Some also have Ankolysing Spondylitis also which is another form of arthritis.
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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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I don't have RA, but I do have Lupus SLE (sister of RA) and Fibromyalgia with my Crohn's. 
Diagnosed with Lupus - April 2002
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease - January 2003 (problems since early 1990)
Fibromyalgia 2005 
Meds:  Flexeril 10mg as needed, Plaquenil 200mg, Probiotics, Multi-vitamin, fish oil, Cal/Mag Supplement
Off Immuran as of April 1st and doing well!!

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 6/25/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Haven't developed full blown arthritis at this point but have a lot of joint problems. My doc says I have a "pre-arthritic" condition which will probably develop into arthritis at some point in my life.  Great......Something else to worry about!

32-year-old female diagnosed with CD in 2001.
Currently taking Pentasa 4g x four times daily and probiotics.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the arthritis that is specific to Crohn's, which is very similar to RA, along with Osteoarthritis ( does the fun EVER end?!). What you describe sounds like IBD arthritis, one of if not, the most common extra-intestinal complication of this DD.
BTW, the treatment is very similar to RA anyway.


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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Sever Ulcerative Colitis and got Sever mid back pain about 3 years before UC. Dr said it was arthritis. When My UC flares up really bad my back tightens up and hurts more I guess the inflamation spreads.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 2.5yo girl (revised 5/8/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  6th week flaring;improving; 2bm/day; very little blood
RX/day:  Currently 10mg of prednisone per day. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: food combos, enzymes, good posture, chewing more, etc.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had RA for eleven years. I am serum positive. Lots of the medications used to treat RA will also help your Chron's. Feel free to pop over to the arthritis forum as well.

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have osteoarthritis but not RA. The only medication that helps with the pain is Vicodin....which I take at night and then only if I have major discomfort.

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