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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had UC since 1999. It has been fine this year so far- mainly from taking Omeprazole for acid reflux. (It made me constipated which was great!!)
I was just wondering how this disease affects your joints.
Do they go red and warm? Can you bend them? What is the pain like? Does it travel to different joints or just one at a time?
I have been having a lot of problems with my joints but I want to know if it is actually the UC that is causing them. My joints just stop working- I can get out of bed and within 2 mins my ankle/knee/hip/lower back has gone "ping" and won't take my weight. It doesn't hurt if I don't use the joint. They just seem to be very very weak.
Does anyone else have this, or is your joint pain different?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I have been reading, once you have one auto-immune disease, others are more likely to appear. Your description sounds an awful lot like arthritis, you may want to talk to your dr.
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08
10 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08; 5/24/08; 7/5/08; 8/15/08, 9/26/08; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Tylenol Arthritis Formula or Tramadol as needed for arthritis pain; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;
Thinking seriously about the surgery option.
Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/11/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Meesh,

Does it sound like normal age related arthritis to you, or rheumatoid? I thought that
the latter involved swollen, red, warm joints, which I don't have. Mine aren't painful unless I try and walk on them and then it feels like a twisted ankle type pain.

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 10/11/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Like RA, mine is symmetrical and migratory. While I have some minor swelling, my joints don't get red or warm. Also unlike RA, it's mostly in the larger joints - hips, knees, shoulders, knees and SI joints. RA most often starts in the small joints, such as the hands.

My autoimmune-related arthritis started years before the UC symptoms, and in the years since I've also developed some normal OA associated with aging. I can tell you the pain is very different. My AI makes the joints feel inflamed - they feel like they should be hot, even if they aren't when I put my hand on them. The pain is sharper and more pulsing. The OA is more of a constant ache.

You may well have the arthritis associated with UC, which is neither RA precisely nor OA. I hope you're able to find relief from the pain, and remember to stay active and stretch to prevent stiffness and loss of joint range.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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