Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi friends,
I am currently experiencing a lot of joint and muscle pain and stiffness after waking and sitting/laying for several minutes.  It makes it hard to walk after rising.  My Crohn's disease is currently in remission, so I don't think the arthritis is directly related to IBD at this time.  I recently had some blood work done for a totally different condition and had a positive rheumatoid factor of 71, ESR slightly elevated at 31, and C-reactive protein mildly elevated at 0.6.  Also, two of my liver enzymes were elevated-ALT 38, and ALP 134. They all point to inflammation, but I can't seem to believe Crohn's would cause all of these positive blood tests, especially since there is no current inflammation in my gut. Do any of you know if this is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis or any other conditions? 
Thanks for your help!

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Diagnosed at age 26 with small bowel Crohn's disease; also have enteropathic arthritis, fibromyalgia/myofascial pain syndrome, gallstones and gallbladder removal, kidney stones,erythema nodosum, eye inflammation, hiatal hernia, GERD, lactose intolerant, migraines, Vitamin B-12 deficiency
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   Posted 4/4/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive had severe arthritis for 7 years and no gut problems at all till last August. Ive been told many times that the arthritis is directly related to the state of my Crohn's activity. It didnt add up because my gut wasnt bothering me at all. I do know that certain foods intensified the arthritis, like peanut butter or fatty meats so I avoided them. I was told it was called leaky gut syndrome. Now my chrohn's has returned in my gut so I am assuming it was active all along but not to the point where I could feel it. Best wishes, Tony
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, Flagyl, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony

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   Posted 4/4/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
As an aside, both CD and arthritis can have a fungal etiology. Inflammation occurs in the presence of fungal toxins, and fungal toxins commonly contaminate our food supply (peanuts and grains such as wheat and corn). Fungi thrive on sugar. (What is our Standard American Diet?) Antifungals may help. Natural ones, if your doctor won't prescribe any, are olive leaf extract or caprylic acid. Even apple cider vinegar would be a good start.
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