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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone:
My mom has ulcerative colitis and was in a recent flare that lasted a long time and thankfully she is doing a lot better (knock on wood), however recently about two weeks ago she began to notice a lot of joint stiffness, in her hands, between her thumbs and wrists, and soreness also in her biceps area where the muscle is (she struggles to lift her arms up), and she has joint soreness in her thighs as well. Her current medicine lists includes:
Imuran 150 mg a day
Asacol 1600 mg a day (8 a day)
Prednisone (she has tapered this slowly and is now down to 10 every other day)
Canasa/Rowasa suppos every other day
Initially I thought it may be the prednisone withdrawal, but her soreness has been consistent in her arms hands and thighs, and in the past when she withdrew from prednisone, it was her shoulders.
Has anyone experienced anything like this or have any suggestions? Any advice would certainly be appreciated.
Thank you,

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 11/19/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I am not on Prednisone, but I am on canasa and asacol. I started my first flare ever mid may 2008 and officially diagnosised 8/08. Being said, all my joints ache, bottoms of my feet wake me up in the middle of the night like I have been standing on them working all day, my hands swell in the middle of the night and hand joints hurt, the rest of my joints through out my body hurts, my bottom and the upper part of the back of my legs ache - sorry to say this is part of this disease.

This disease is also very individualistic. What works for one may not work for the other. What hurts on one uc patient may not hurt on another. Does this make sense?

Anyway, I will pray for your mom and that she heads to remission quickly. Hope I've been of some help.

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 11/19/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Joint pain can be associated with UC - it's referred to as UC arthritis. Withdrawing from Pred can also cause joint pain. Either way, it may get better when she gets into remission. In the meantime, I'd suggest Tylenol Arthritis formula every 8 hours. Since Tylenol takes longer to work than NSAIDS, taking it routinely can prevent the pain from ramping back up between doses. It's much more effective for pain when taken routinely rather than waiting for the pain to come back.
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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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 5975
   Posted 11/19/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paul,
      You sound like a wonderful, concerned son and your mom is lucky to have you.
       Yes, I also have joint pain.  I try to persevere with it.  Too much Tylenol can cause liver damage and the meds I take can do a number on the liver.  RA runs in my family.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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