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   Posted 6/17/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The nurse just called me and said my blood work came back as "inflammortary Bowel Disease associated with arthritis".  She said the doc will explain more at my next appt.  My next appt is in 3 months! I am having joint pain and stiffness - which is why the GI set me to the rheumy doc. in the first place. (The GI also took me off Entocort at that visit - just have Bentyl as needed.) I know they did blood work on my thyroid, inflammatory arthritis, and rheum. arthritis - if memory serves right.
Can anyone clarify this for me??
This is still all new to me.....Thanks for any help in advance!

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   Posted 6/17/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never been diagnosed with arthritis, never been to a rheumy, but I definitely have joint pain and stiffness when I'm flaring, as do a lot of other members on here. Hopefully the office is able to explain more to you when you go for your visit! Did they say why they're making you wait three months???
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I think what that may mean is that there were no markers for any other causes of the joint pain, therefore it's part of the UC syndrome. There are specific markers for other causes, I don't believe there are for UC.

Sucks that you're still in pain, I totally feel for you. I sleep with so many pillow to position myself and try to get comfortable that it's hard to share a bed. I also still take Naproxen twice a day with my GI's okay, because if I stop taking that, I get so sore and stiff I can't sleep and I can't walk. Hope your pain is one that goes away.
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