I never had joint issues at all in my early years with this disease, and I have had it almost 34 years. But the last 10 years it has gotten significantly worse. In fact I have to have two total knee replacements. Per my ortho doc my knees are worn much worse than someone my age should have. I am 51 now, and he said the wear on my knees is like someone at least 15 years older than me. Yes steroids have played a role in this, but part of this is Crohns related joint issues too. Is your PA one of those that do chiropractic type things in their practice? The reason I ask is because I have had Chiropractors tell me one of my legs is longer, then they adjust me and everything gets leveled out. I think if you had one leg 1" shorter than normal you would have known this as a child and had to use braces etc. I have a niece that had this who had to have it surgically repaired a few years back.
Oh, I have bad SI issues too. When it flares it is horrible and very painful in getting up and walking around. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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