crohns related or am I just getting old??? leg pain

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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had some nasty problems with my left leg and with both knees lately.  The knees hurt enough for me to sit back down after trying to stand and make stairs near impossible (most humid summer ever here).  I get that these are likely RA, but I also have some sharp pain in the back of my left leg.  It feels like I tore something is the best description.  The leg pain is not constant, but I lose all strength in my leg when it hits (almost did a header down my stairs yesterday...Habs is not a Bumble and I don't bounce!).  I have had bouts of tears it hurts that much.  Simple walking hurts, stairs are excruciating.
The pain is both above and below the knee on the back side of my leg.  I eliminated back issues already (have been there and done that -scaitica, disk removal, discs destroyed, no fixation-so I know what that feels like).  I know I did a little too much dancing about a month ago on a hard surface, but the pain started before that. So is this part of neuropathy?  Is this a side effect of the joint issues?  Is my body just falling apart since I am in early 40s?  Dancing is one of the few things that makes me totally happy...I want to dance at several parties that are coming up and a family wedding.  Any help???
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 9/2/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Habs, have you thought about seeing a Ortho Doc? I have bad osteoarthritis in both my knees and will sooner rather than later have to have total knee replacements in both, thanks Crohns and Pred:(. Just a thought!
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   Posted 9/2/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It is not likely to be neuropathy. That causes loss of sensation or pins and needles. Since you have had sciatica, perhaps there is some related issue due to scarring? Certainly see a specialist, but it never hurts to have questions to ask.

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   Posted 9/3/2009 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   

When you said sharp pain down the back of your leg like you tore something is what got my attention, when I had sacroiliitis the inflammation spread down the tendons in my legs and up my back - myself and a physio both thought I'd done a hamstring injury (that was the first tendon in affected) as my pain was pretty much exactly how you described but when I had my MRI scan it showed that it was in fact that the inflammation had spread from the sacroiliiac joint. I agree with Nanners, go and see a doc who'll be able to tell you more, it could be one of a number of a things but best to get it diagnosed and treated.

You could try swimming? That helps disperse any trapped fluid and get joints moving without putting any pressure on them, in fact when I had sacroiliitis the only time I wasn't in pain was when I was in the water!


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