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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I know a lot of you on here suffer from arthritis while flaring so I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions..

Usually, my joints just ache for a day or two and then I feel better. But for the past almost two weeks, my left ankle has gotten progressively worse, then the right, and now it's migrating up to my knees. But my left is the worst- it's really swollen, I can't bend it up like if I were walking up stairs, I can hardly walk on it at all in the mornings, and when I poke certain spots it feels like it's bruised. Plus the bottom of my heels hurt as well. I'm just assuming this is arthritis but it's really weird and if it keeps up at this rate, I probably won't be able to walk on it at all in a week!

Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do to ease the pain/discomfort? I'm thinking if it hasn't gone away by next week I'll just make an appointment with a rheumatologist or something, I need to get an updated bone density scan anyway so oh well.

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
Currently on no UC meds, just waiting to be started on Remicade. 2 weeks waiting so far.. Ugh..

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   Posted 1/31/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had good luck with rubbing the ankle down with mineral ice or icy hot and wrapping it to keep the heat in. Although most doc's will recomend icing it. It seems to me I have had better luck with the linements and wrapping. I also start to drink 100% cherry juice which is an anti-inflamitory. Be careful of the juice though... might cause D. It doesn't in me, and I normally drink a quart a day when arthitis is flared up. But the GF has tried and if she drinks more than two glasses she gets D.
Haven't had any of these issues though since being on the Pred.
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30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol

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   Posted 1/31/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Definately get in to see a rheumy right away if possible. This definately sounds like it's arthritis. It can be any form but if it's affecting both sides it can be the beginning of RA. Just guessing here though. It the meantime, I found that heat does wonders for arthritis as opposed to cold. The cold just makes me ache even more. However, my swelling is in my hands and I have Raynauds too so that could be why I can't do cold. One thing I found that works really well is Australian Dream found in Walmarts. It's sort of expensive ($30 a bottle) but it works really great and it doesn't smell. If you can tolerate Advil, you can do a few doses of that - but be careful, you know the drill. Also when you are relaxing, raise your feet and legs above your heart. This can help get the swelling down.
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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't risk swallowing any NSAIDs-- since you're currently UC-unmedicated, especially. You could be about to flare. Go with something topical 'til you can get to the doctor. I've heard good things about Icy Hot & get relief myself from BenGay arthritis formula (30% salicylate, no camphor). Hope you'll feel better soon! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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