What is UC Arthiritis?

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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, Over the past week I have been in a terrible flare up. All the side effects. Dr has increased all meds. My question is what is UC arthiritis. I have been having terrible back pain that has resulted in me taking Percocet to the point where I go to sleep, but I do need the sleep, pain so bad I can't sleep. When I asked if this was associated with UC they said NO WAY. But I think it is, when ever I start a flare, no matter how serious my back hurts, BAD, now my neck is starting to get sore and hurt. I start physical theraphy next Wed. for back pain. Would like any info on this or any possible questions that I should ask. I jsut don't see how physical theraphy could be the cure since I have no pain in legs or anywhere else. Just lower back pain. Thanks all and take care and I hope all gets well soon.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Lower back pain is a feature of UC. A lot of us have it. I lovingly describe it as "that horse standing on my back." Physical therapy actually does help, in that it helps you stretch your back muscles and develop the abdominal muscles and other muscles which help support your back.
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   Posted 4/3/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I trust you guys here more then my Dr., since you are feeling the pain. They insist it is something else, muscles or maybe a nerve, but I do not have pain down my leg, in my thigh or anywhere, except my lower back. And it always seems like it hurts when I am starting a flare up. Is there anything I should ask or concentrate on in therapy? I do not have a family member or friend that has this problem. So sometimes I feel like I am all alone. My family has been great support but sometimes I feel like it gets to them. So this sight is great for people like me. Dr.s don't have time for you all the time.Take care.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Lower back pain has been one of my MAJOR symptoms this flare. It has been really extreme and constant. Just one more pain to make a person grouchy :(

This site has been awesome - so understanding and knowledgable. I don't know how I'd cope without my HW family.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a really bad inflammatory arthritis flare last year due to UC. The dr's thought I might have a slipped disc in my back due to pain and did an MRI. While waiting for results of MRI my ankles started swqelling and hurting a LOT along with the back pain. They sent me to a rheumatologist once my MRI was fine. He told me Crohns/UC folks with severe cases can get inflammatory arthritis. It is important to see rheumatologist sooner than later to get treated. I was on 60 mg pred and eventually tapered to 0 after several months. Good luck!
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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like that is what I am having. Except don't know why my neck hurts, lol, might be the way I am sleeping. The Dr. says therapy will determine what it is, so I will be sure to stay in touch and let you know how it goes. I could use the exercise thats for sure. Take Care!

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   Posted 4/5/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I get extreme pains in my hips, seen a Rheumy for this, she put me on Celebrix which only made the UC worse, so I stopped taking it. I think it's just another one of those extra things that we get along with the stupid UC. Nothing helps my pain except for Ibuprofen, which is a no no for UC...........When it is raining, it is even more painful.. I did see a chiropracter for lower back pain a few years ago, which helped. I now wonder if that was also from the UC.
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
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