Is pain around the back another form of arthritis pain?

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   Posted 10/17/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
A couple times in the past month I've had a few days where I get a lot of pain around my mid-section in my back. It's like I was working out and my muscles are sore, but I don't think it's my muscles. Every time I breathe I get a strong pain across the back of my ribs. Has anyone had a similar symptom? I'm wondering if this is something like the arthritic pain I feel. I've had bad elbow pain before and lately my legs are very achy too.
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 44-yr-old wife and mom
Bad reactions to Entocort, Prednisone and Asacol / Not sure what's next
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   Posted 10/17/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have bad back pain from crohn's. I assume it is arthritis pain I've told my doctors about this but they dont seem overly concerned. Although for them to show much concern means I have to be on my death bed and even then I'm not sure they would.
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   Posted 10/17/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I get really bad back pain sometimes too; I went on cipro for an unrelated infection and it seems to have gone away for the most part (the severe pain anyway). I am kind of convinced it's a result of being hunched over because my stomach hurts, resulting in back pain? I'm not sure. Usually lying down with my heating pad straightens things out though!
19 y/o female, diagnosed crohns december 2008
currently taking 500 mg pentasa 4x daily

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   Posted 10/17/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I only have back pain when I'm in a flare. Not much pain on other day.s
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 10/18/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I often have back trouble during flares but an MRI scan I had done showed that when my hips were inflamed the inflammation spread up the tendons in my back too, even though my hips haven't flared for a long time usually when I flare my back will usually hurt, one of my warning signs for a flare if my back starts giving me trouble.

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   Posted 10/18/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Consider getting a bone density scan done to check for osteroperosis, it is a very easy, and simple test, especially if you have ever use prednisone.

The breathing pain, which I discovered while on this forum, could be Pleurisy, google it.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I did have a bone density test done last year at the suggestion of my GI doc so thankfully I know that's not it. The pain did subside after a couple days so I will chalk it up to a flare issue.

Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 44-yr-old wife and mom
Bad reactions to Entocort, Prednisone and Asacol / Not sure what's next
Currently on fiber, probiotic, calcium and multi-vit; and Flovent (for asthma)

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   Posted 10/20/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you still have your gall bladder?
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Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
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