CD and spinal arthritis?

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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I have had progressive lower back pain, hip pain, back pain when I breath deeply, it's gotten worse the last few months. I haven't injured myself in any way that would cause the back pain. I am concerned that it could be spinal arthritis, one of the extraintestinal manifestations of CD. Does anyone have any more info. on CD related spinal arthritis? Should I see a rheumatologist? Any info. would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Marci, 39 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
How are your other CD symptoms? You could be headed into a flare. My joints always get worse prior to a flare. You are correct about arthritis showing up after the CD diagnosis in some patients. I would go ahead and ask for a Rheumy referral. Some patients have trouble with the joints actually fusing together and anything preventative you can do certainly would be worth it's weight. If it turns out to be nothing but regular old CD joint pain then at least you'll be established with a Rheumy should you need him/her in the future.  You could also use the google search at the top of this page for "Crohns and Spinal Arthritis" for more detailed info. :-) Good Luck and let us know what happens.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Like broomhilda, I would definitely speak w/a rheumotologist just to be safe. I have had chronic lower back pain for as long as I can remember, and my GI told me at the last appointment that it is possible I could have ankylosing spondylitis (AS). He said he didn't want to scare me, but just to be vigilant of the symptoms. AS tends to be connected w/other inflammatory conditions, as do pretty much all inflammatory conditions. It seems you start with one and end up w/a few! If you look up AS, you may be able to see if you have any/all of the symptoms. Good luck!
Currently taking: Humira 40mg/every other week, Zoloft 50 mg/day, vitamins and supplements
Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007

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