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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 1/20/2008 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!  I haven't been on in a long time.....right now I'm doing pretty good been in remission for over a year with no medications.  I was on Prednisone, Imuran and Remicade.  Had a bad reaction to Remicade but it did help my UC.  I got pregnant in late Feb, early March and had a baby in Nov all with no UC problems.  The last few weeks I started having joint pain and swelling.  Mostly in my ankles, wrists and somewhat in my knees.  One doctor I saw mentioned that UC can cause joint inflammation and pain similar to RA.  Iart's not super bad right now, seems worse in the morning. Has anyone else had this?  Can I have the joint problems with out being in a flare?  I have had UC for about 10 years and I really don't want to go back on meds if I don't have to.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/20/2008 2:32 AM (GMT -6)   
For me personally, joint pain was a dead-giveaway that the UC was getting worse (this was during a 5-month flare). I haven't had it except during that time period.

I have no idea (obviously) if it has anything to do with pregnancy.

Hope you feel better!

21 yrs old, diagnosed severe pan ulcerative colitis 2 Mar 2007
Hospitalized 27 Apr-5 May 2007
Remission since 4 July 2007
Asacol (mesalamine) 400 mg x 12 daily
Remicade <--first infusion on 3 May 2007; currently once every 8 weeks
Imuran (azathioprine) 50 mg x 2 daily
Eating fruits and vegetables like there is no tomorrow...
"God bless Remicade!"

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 151
   Posted 1/20/2008 2:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had worse joint pain since being diagnosed with UC.  I do find that it gets a bit worse with a flare up.  but Also,   it got so much worse after my last flare up and has not improved.   I'm thinking the reason is because of the high steroids I was on while flaring and while in the hospital.  Prednisone makes your body age faster than normal,  so I"m thinking it aged my joints so much more as well.  sad
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).   Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07,  6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 25 units daily, Novolog 10 8 5 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily,  and pro-biotics daily.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My joint pain appeared a good 5 years before the first signs of UC. So it can definitely be present even when you're not in flare.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 731
   Posted 1/20/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
i also get joint pain randomly and then it will just go away as quickly as it came.
for me it has only been since the onset of UC.
mine is in shoulders elbows and hands. very painful.

anyway, my GI just let me know that glucosamine is safe for us with UC to take for the joint pain. i haven't tried it yet but from what i hear you have to give it some time, it's not like taking a tylenol.
congrats with the new baby!
28, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.
-tried SCD for 4 weeks with no improvement...
-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Asacol, probiotics, ground psyllium husk, fish oil, CalMag

may you live all the days of your life.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 1/20/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Joint pain yes many years. Sometimes so bad it hurts to drive and sometimes I can jog ten miles.
Also it can be from day to day.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4 twice a day.
Pred for flares. I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!
vitamins-veggie juice-wheat grass juice--fish oil
Started 1/01/08
Freindly bacteria:raw milk-kefir made with raw milk--natto--probiotics
Antifungus:Caprylicacid, Pau D Arco, Black walnut hull, Oregano oil
grape seed extract.
Anti inflammatory:fish oil  1/15/08 started Turmeric
1/10/08 Started healthy diet again.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 1/20/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your replies.  I'm going to talk to my newest PC when I go in for my appointment.  I'm on state medicaid so I was assigned to one doctor, saw her twice and was not pleased.  When I mentioned the joint pain to her she didn't even examine me then told me to take Motrin and flexeril.  First Flexeril is for muscle spasms so I don't know how it will help joint pain.  Second I told her I can't take Motrin due to having gastric bypass surgery and UC.  She told me that I should just take the Motrin and eat with it. 
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