Crohn's and Peripheral Arthritis

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Harley Behavin
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   Posted 1/28/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Folks, I'm a newbie to this sight but am glad that I found it.  I've had Crohn's Since April of 2009, and am currently taking Remicade infusions every 8 weeks.  The Remicade has helped emincely and no side effects to speak of.  However, I had gastric bypass December28, 2009 and since then,  a sleeping Dragon has risen and showed his pretty head.  Now I know what your all thinking... Bypass Really?  Well I consulted all my doctors and my surgeon and everyone was on board with my surgery.  Really,  think about it... Resection, bypass, almost the same thing.  Anyway, since my surgery everything has been fine.  No flare ups, no diarrhea, no abdominal pain NOTHING, EXCEPT, Peripheral Arthritis.  One out of every Five Crohn's sufferers gets it, and I'm one of them... Couldn't have been the Lottery?  Rhuematologist Doc gave me a Cotizone shot said it would just be a band aid to hold me over til my next infusion.  I have my infusion Feb 2nd, then My GI Doc the next day.  I havn't taken a NSAIDS since April, but I am hoping the my GI Doc will be able to give me something for the pain and swelling?  If anyone has had this joint pain, they know exactly what I'm talkin about.  The pain is traumatizing!!!! I can't wrap my hands with enough heat wraps! I wear  splints to keep me from bumping or flinching my wrists.   So I thought I would share and see if anyone else has delt with this side of Crohn's?
 Ms. Harley Behavin 

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   Posted 1/28/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently in remission with my Crohns, but uggghhhh do my joints hurt. I need two total knee replacements because of taking Pred and Crohns Disease itself. So I do feel your pain, literally. Hugs and welcome to Healingwell!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 1/28/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My arthritic problems have always been the more painful of the two conditions. I have so many types of arthritis that I need a scorecard to name them.
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CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, lupus, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, peripheral artery disease, degenerative disc disease, asthma, severe allergy and a host of other medical problems.

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   Posted 1/28/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My neck is out of wack and my knees ache - in an active flare. I ended up after a flare a few years ago going to a pain specialist who gave me all the vidocin or morphine I wanted but I was always chasing the pain. Now, instead, I take 35mg of Nortryptiline whis is an antidepressent but in this small dose, acts like a pain blocker. has changed my life. Still have some breakthrough pain, but I can function. If you can't get help from you GP or GI, go to a pain clinic. You don't need to be in pain and there a dozens of things they can try. Yoga helps me too.

Hope that helps and we all empathize!
Diagnosed with Crohn's 2004 via pill camera    Imuran (6MP) kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006.
2009/2010 acute flare and hospitalization - put back on Imuran. Currently taking 55 mg prednisone.
Current problem - protruding thrombosis hemorrhoid.

Harley Behavin
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   Posted 1/29/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Does your Per. Arth. Ever go into remission?   I go to see my GI Tues and get my Remicade on Wed.  Something has got give. I'm going crazy.
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