Welcome to Healing Well, Gonzo! I'm glad that you found us. I think you will discover we have a large community of knowledgable and supportive felllow Crohnies.
I want to address your hip and back pain first. What I have to say will tie into your search for other meds. Have you ever benn evaluated by a rheumatologist? Anyone with Crohn's and joint pain of the caliber requiring narcotics needs to find out what the root cause of the pain is. A rheumatologist is best suited for that because often people with CD have autoimmune joint issues associated with the disease. I have Ankylosing spondylitis which causes debilitating joint pain when it flares. People with Crohn's are more prone to have this or one of the other spondylitis associated diseases. At the bottom I will give you a link so you can read about
thses joint conditions.
My joint problems became a much larger problem than my Crohn's gut symptoms. With that in mind and the need to get my joint disease under control, my GI placed me on Remicade and Imuran. Imuran is a immunomodulating drug to combat the overactive nature of the immune system we CDers have. Remicade is a biologic medication. It is an anti-TNF medication. People with CD can produce too much TNF that is a factor in inflammation. Remicade is prescribed and approved for use in both CD and Ankylosing Spondylitis.
There are several medications that are out that you did not list. Some have been developed to treat CD in a specific area of the intestinal tract so might not fit for you. I'll put a link at the bottom where you can read about
each of the medications.
Antibiotics such as Cipro and Flaygl
Imuran or 6MP (Purinethol), methotrexate, cyclosporine
Spondylitis Association of America - Read about joint issues that can effect those with CD
CCFA's Arthritis Fact Sheet
CCFA's Medication Fact Sheets
Look up meds at MedicineNet
I hope this helps somewhat and doesn't confuse the issue.
Moderator Crohn's Disease Forum
CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, diffuse connective tissue disease, Sjogren's Syndrome ?
Post Edited (Ides) : 9/11/2007 4:17:45 PM (GMT-6)