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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 1/6/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been lurking for awhile and am thankful to find this forum!
I was diagnosed in June with Colitis. I was put on 500 mg Salofalk 2 pills 4 times a day, in the beginning they worked great but it hasn't lasted.... my symptoms are now worse than they ever have been.
My immediate concern now though is pain, about a month ago i awoke to some tenderness in my left shoulder and by the end of the day i couldn't move it (extreme pain) that lasted about 4 days and went away. since then I have had the same pain in my right wrist, left foot, neck and now my right knee.
I saw my family doctor yesterday and he sent me for bloodwork and xrays ( i'll get results on the 15th) when I asked him what could be going on he said it sounds like arthritis and that Colitis can cause arthritis.
What a double whammy!! I'm having a hard enough time dealing with the Colitis without this on top of it, the pain is so bad i can't function.
He is setting me up with another appt with my GI, health care is so slow in Canada so I'm not sure when that will be.
So I guess my question for now is has anyone else got arthritis as a result of their UC and how do you deal with it?
Thanks in advance.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 298
   Posted 1/6/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Arthritis associated with intestinal disease is called enteropathic arthropathy. Ask your doc about it.

It is fortunately temporary and normally non-destructive. It usually accompanies flares. I get it in my knees when I flare and sometimes moves to my ankles. It goes away when the fare subsides. Tylenol works good if it gets too much to handle or somewhat crippling.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 1/7/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Arthritis is fairly common in someone with IBD. There are a couple types that are usually seen such as Peripheral arthritis. This form of arthritis comes and goes in sync with our flares and is not damaging to the joints. Then there is a more damaging arthritis form such as Ankylosing spondylitis. I know how frustrating it is to have to deal with both arthritis AND Uc. I'm there myself unfortunately. Since you are fairly new to Uc I recommend you visit for more information on this condition if you haven't already done so. With knowledge comes power over your situation.

Btw, welcome to Healingwell! :)
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 436
   Posted 1/7/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike, did you have any type of pains like this before UC? I have bad pain in my mid spine that never goes away and I am totally amazed because I was only 20 when it started which was 5 years before my UC.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 3yo girl (revised 12/12/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  Mildly Flaring 
RX/day: none! Tapered off Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: enzymes everyday, turmeric, seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, good posture, chewing more, etc.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 153
   Posted 1/7/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike! It sounds like I am going through the same thing you did. I have been having major pains in my left shoulder and left wrist, and slight pain in my right shoulder. It got so bad this past week, that the pain would wake me from a sound sleep. I just set up an appt with an orthapedic dr to see what is going on. Unfortunately, the earliest I could get a late appt was Jan 20th. And of course I took my last Tylenol-3 last night (I had some leftover from another issue). My chiropractor said it sounds like either tendinitis or arthritis, but either way, he believes there is some inflamation. Great! As if the Colitis weren't enough, lol.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (full colitis)
Medications: Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions (started Aug 2008 - 4 infusions so far, next infusion on 1/8 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements

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