Mr. X, I have Crohn's also. Long story short recently I thought that I might have Rheumatiod Arthritis and so I pushed for an appointment with a Rhuematologist. She was six weeks out but I finally got in. Based on my symptoms she thought for sure that it was RA. She ordered some bloodwork to make sure. It took about
a week for the test results to come back. The CCP and RF (markers for RA) were negative but my ANA was positive which lead to the Lupus diagnosis. I am on remicade so I thought that maybe there was a chance that it was drug induced lupus but based on my bloodwork and the fact that my joint pain got better after my remicade treatment my GI and my Rhuematologist both felt that it was not a drug induced lupus.
I want to encourage you to be your own advocate. If you feel like something is not right get it checked out and keep going until you feel like you are being listened to. I can completely understand the worry about having your doctor not listen or dismiss your symptoms. Hang in there!
Diagnosed in March 2001 with Crohns disease, resection in August 2001
Diagnosed with Lupus in April 2011
Currently on Remicade, Pentasa, Prenatal vitamin, 5 mg prednisone, and methotrexate
Have been on Cipro, Imuran, Asacol, 6mp, and prednisone (for whenever a bad one comes along)