Psoriatic Arthritis on top of Crohn's

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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone else here suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis. I am having a really bad time with this right now. In doing some searching online, I have seen information on ties between Crohn's and psoriasis and arthritis. Just wondering if there's anyone else on here in the same "boat".
Asacol 1200 mg. 3 times daily, Rowasa enema AM & PM, Prednisone 40 mg. daily for 2 weeks, then taper,
probiotics, lots of hope and prayers! 51 years old, diagnosed formally 10-06. If it doesn't kill ya, it'll only make you stronger!

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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My brother has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and I am fairly sure that he must have some bowel problem too, but it's hard to push him to discover something else wrong health-wise. I saw a small study in which about 8 people (a small sample because they had to exclude people who had been given medications that might damage the bowel) with psoriatic arthritis were tested for bowel disease and all but one showed a previously undiscovered bowel disease of one variety or another. That is really not surprising given recent discoveries about Klebsiella having enzymes that can cause antibodies that target the enzymes and also several types of collagen. Collagen is the common thread between skin and cartilage and many other tissues. This suggests that immune reactions to common gut bacteria (caused by bowel disease) is the cause of several auto-immune problems.

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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have a bumpy rash thing I get on my elbows and knees. It itches like crazy when it breaks out and I scratch till I bleed. I have found staying off carpets and not getting shampoo on them helps. I also have pain in hands knee and a few other places at times. It is harder to cope but gotta be lived with I guess .How are you doing with yours? lol gail
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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   


My most pronounced Crohn's symptom is Crohn's Arthritis. I often suffer from muscle,nerve, tendon, and ligament pain and drawing. The skin lesions I get were referred to as lupus lesions by a Doctor of mine. Most of my first and second degree relatives suffer from eczema or psoriasis. In my signature you will notice that my first cousin has reactive arthritis. In 1953 Dr. Michael Debekey replaced huge portions of  aortic tissue in my Father from a donor. In 1974, Dr. Debekey told me in a phone conversation that when he cracked my Father's chest "It looked like lawn sprinklers going off", and "I found over 150  aneurysms and week spots in the replaced aortic tissue the next day in the lab". My mother had told me the number was 163, and Dr Debekey had also told her that my Father had been "walking Dead".  All of these symptoms and illnesses have been associated with or  carry gene markers and variations that research indicates may have connections. This is even more complicated because most seem to require a virus or other environmental factor to trigger them. So, yes I think many of us may be in the same boat. It will take years to sort this all out, and to prove the connections with double blind studies, and many more years to unravel the triggers. Many chemical and food sensitivities have been identified that may prove to activate the predisposition. It is a great thing when we are able to identify our own triggers and avoid them. Paint, gasoline, cleaning products, solvents, personal care products, dairy products, and grains are a few I hear often from customers at work, and here on the forums. Healthy gut flora seems to lessen the symptoms, and reactions, but that can be tricky to achieve. I wonder if I came out of Crohn's remission from taking Advil and other NSAIDS for reactive arthritis pain. It's all quite a roller coaster ride. Health and peace to you.

  Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You    (unknown, from an E-Mail my daughter sent to me)


Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!

Post Edited (Margie11) : 10/29/2008 8:15:43 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Im newly diagnosed with RA, systemic from my crohns disease.  They initally gave me prednisone to ease the inflammation, and put me on Metatexrate, and the inflammation seems to be coming back.    They keep giving me the little 6 day pack of prednisone ( my 3rd one in 3 months) and so far the prednisone is not working to stop the breakthrough pains, it is slowing me down quite a bit, im feeling over medicated and flu-y.  My husband seems to think that maybe the pills are not breaking down or absorbing.  Im not sure, but what a literal pain. 

Diagnosed with Crohns 3 years ago.
Diagnosed with RA in September.

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   Posted 10/30/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have it. I've had it since I was a small child. They called it JRA back then, but as I got a little older there were obvious signs that is was PA. The Crohn's didn't manifest itself until well after I had been suffering with the arthritis. My good fortune is that if one of them is flaring, the other one is quiet. Also, I've been on remicade and now Humira for and so that controls my arthritis REALLY well. Wish it would control the crohn's just as well too.
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