Arthritis is one of the possible extra-intestinal symptoms of UC.
It would be helpful, however, to know what medications your father is taking now. Prednisone can cause joint swelling and pain. It can also cause very painful death of bone tissue in the joints. Remicade often causes itching. Imuran can cause liver problems with resulting itching and skin discolorations.
I recommend checking with the GI before taking Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Celebrex or any other NSAID pain reliever. Some of us tolerate them okay, but they can cause intestinal bleeding and may lead to bad flaring of the UC. Start with Tylenol, then contact the doctor if that isn't adequately taking care of the pain.
Dietary needs are highly individual. Some of us see that certain foods bother us or that restrictive diets seem to help; others eat a normal diet and see no relationship between their diet and symptoms. Most of us tend to avoid foods that are very high in fat or fiber, though not all.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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