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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Just need to vent a little. I am in so much pain. I have joint pain in my hands so bad, that I can hardly make a fist. My hand does not close the whole way, before I cant take it. Warmth makes it feel better, but it is only temporary relief. Well, I am going to rub joint ointment on them and see if i can get some relief. I have had this before when flaring, so this is nothing new for me. It usually goes away in a day or two. I am so tired of this. Thanks for listening cry
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Entocort 3 in the morning

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
jano...I can totaly relate to joint and hand pain...the throbbing is horrific.

I'm wondering if part of it could be the entocrt...although it could also help inflammation and pain..hard to know.

If you're flaring, could you consider to do the rectal meds?

This is only a small suggestion...have you considered to try the digestive enzyme bromelain?
The other suggestion for pain would be is a muscle relaxant, however.
You could also consider l-lysine. It is used to help herpes outbreaks, in humans and in cats (upper respiratory infection), but it does also help with joint pain.

There is a new cream out called voltaren that I just saw advertised...could that be an option?

Vent away...I do hope you find relief and that this doesn't last long.

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 510
   Posted 1/4/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
have had this sort of problem for a long time even before UC as My job is very physical and demanding. I used to treat it with Ibuprofen, then UC cames along. I seem to get it worse when the start tapering me off the pred. My solution like yours is heat. Although i use mineral ice.... Put it on really thick and wrap snugly with an ace bandage. Old timers call this blistering. It keeps the heat in the joint area and makes the mineral ice hotter. After an hour or so... when the heat finally wears off you should have some relief... but make sure to wash with warm soap and water before your next application or you can blister the skin. Hence the name. Hope this helps.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08

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   Posted 1/4/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey I'm with you here sister! I am having a hard time with my hands as well. I am having some sort of arthritic problems but the docs don't know which one yet. Right now what I do is I bought a pain cream called Australian dream found at Walgreen's. It's rather expensive but very worth it. I also went out and bought a parafin wax hand dip machine. It works wonders but it's short feels wonderful though and it even helps your cuticles if your cuticles are dry. My right hand has got so bad that I can't pick anything up, bend my fingers (they wake me up at night too) or pull at anything. The doc prescribed me a low dose (200mgs) of Celebrex and it works really well. I don't do the typical dosing and I only use it when I need it and so far it hasn't bothered my Uc any. But you should be checked out by your doc to rule out any sort of arthritis to be on the safe side.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your replies. Quincy, I also think it could be the Entocort, because I always get some swelling when I am on this. I am starting to taper off of this soon, so I am glad of that. I am no longer bleeding, so remission is on the way.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Entocort 3 in the morning

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 3402
   Posted 1/4/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Vent away! I've had problems like this for more years than not - and more often recently :( I like to use Aspercreme, but am curious about the one Red recommended. I've also used the paraffin dip in the past.

I hope it goes away soon!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Mild Flare
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and a probiotic
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 12/02/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
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