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Big Dog
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   Posted 1/25/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter suffers from UC and early on she had horrible knee and ankle pain - to the extent she couldn't walk or set her toes on the floor.  That has passed, thankfully.  However, the last 2 months, off and on, she's complained about elbow joint pain.  Can this be related to her UC?  It's both elbows, but one more so than the other.  It's not always, but I'd say most days she says something about it.
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UC Dude
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Totally related. I was dx with UC due to arthritis issues.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
There is a form of arthritis called Peripheral arthritis that wax and wanes with our Uc. Below is a link that tells you more about it.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I have suffered with osteoarthritis for years in my knees only.  When I started having pain in my elbows and shoulders off and on I just thought it was more of the same.  At age 68 that is a normal assumption.  After reading here I think it is related to my UC and comes and goes.  I just take Tylenol which helps for the moment.  Cold weather does not help!  Hoping to having one knee replaced this Spring.


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
January 9 - doctor changed me from Protofoam to hydrocortisone enemas for two weeks - wish me luck.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a question ... I was actually getting some serious joint paints myself in the knees and ankles almost to the point where I couldn't walk either. Had to use those Icy-Hot pads and tylenol together just to get it under control. It it not fun having these pains and not being able to walk and then you get your 15th urge to get to the bathroom. you learn to crawl really fast. Anyway, I was just wondering if this is a sign that you are flaring? I know everybody is different, but I was just wondering if people that are going through this arthritis stuff are going through a current flare.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
As everyone else said, I'm sure it's related. Currently I'm in a bad flare and for the last week, I can't walk on my left ankle when I wake up in the morning because of the pain when bending it upwards, it gets better throughout the day but is still a little tender. And now my knees are starting to act up as well and hurts when I'm walking, mostly when going up and down stairs.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Could be...or could be the imuran.

Definitely get her in to a rheumatologist and get it clarified and diagnosed.

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
The worst I had to deal with was in my rib cage, and each breath was difficult.
I was given Voltarin and it went away immediately. That was a long time ago, there might be something better/safer now, but there are drugs that can help.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i also get bad joint pain.  they found out that i also have RA now.
27 years old
diagnosed with UC in 2003, RA in 2007
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UC Dude
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
quincy said...
Could be...or could be the imuran.

Definitely get her in to a rheumatologist and get it clarified and diagnosed.


Totally agree. The two meds that have also caused joint pain in addition to UC have been prednisone and to a lesser degree, Humira.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Totally agree here too
When I was younger and still lived at home my mother had to roll me over in the bed I hurt so bad in my joints but it has been a long time sence I have been that bad.

Definitely assocated with U.C.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I think joint pain is just part of this glorious disease. When I was in the worst part of my flare I would wake up in the middle of the night and the bottoms of my feet felt like I had been walking on them all night and my hands would be swollen shut when I woke in the a.m. I thought I was out of my flare, but I'm not. No D, No blood or mucus, but going 3+ times a day, my joints bother me (not like they did in the worst part of my flare) and now my front thighs and calves ache like I don't have good circulation.

Oh well, keep moving forward I suppose that's what we have to do.

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
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