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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
anyone else suffer from extremely painful joint issues - arthritis?  my back, knees and hands have been killing me...and i've been getting little sores on my arms and legs that take forever to heal.  going to try to get on remicade again...past insurance denied it- ******s.
35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently tapering prednisone (15 mgs) and I've been on 6_MP for 2 months.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 6 months...lost almost 30 lbs.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah the arthralgias. They make my life worse at times, than the crohns. It has affected the rt hip, both hands and wrists. In the latter two, I am starting to notice deformities. Have you seen a Rheumatologist? If not, you should see one soo.
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   Posted 3/11/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you seen a Dr about the sores on your arms? That is a sign of lupas, not to scare you but that was my friends first sign..
 RIP my beloved Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
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   Posted 3/12/2010 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had sores, not on my arms but on my shins and ankles, just a kind of eczma/psoriasis that kinda goes along with Crohn's - doc just told me to put on 1% steroid cream it really helps!
As for joint issues you need to go to a rheumy, there seems to be two kinds of arthritis that go along with Crohn's - one is rheumatoid, the other reactive (also known as Crohn's arthritis) its important you find out which you have as rheumatoid can cause lasting damage to the joint, whereas reactive (even though just as painful!!) doesn't, so you can get effective treatment and so that your GI can consider joint issues when treating your Crohn's too. Hopefully you'll get your remicade again - that really can be a miracle drug for some!

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