Enthesitis is inflammation of the tendon where it inserts into the bone. This is a somewhat common problem in the family of spondylitis diseases [ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, undifferentiated spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and enteric arthritis]. I have had repeated bouts of enthesitis. During a flare of my AS I once had nine tendons inflamed. It was nearly impossible to move.
I have learned to be careful - I try not to make sudden stressing movements like jerking on a heavy package or over using a joint. I also make sure to stretch prior to physical activities like gardening or briskly walking.
My rheumatologist has been great in trying to combat these flare ups. I have had numerous steroid injections around tendons that did not respond to rest or that are nearly impossible to rest [like fingers]. I was actually started on Remicade because of the joint and tendon involvement. Being on an anti-TNF med has been the best method to keep my problem under control. NSAIDs work but as Crohn's people we are usually told not to take them.
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