Flare ups, joint pain and fatigue

Do others have joint pain and fatigue preceding diarrhea
yes - 50.0%
no - 25.0%
sometimes - 25.0%

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   Posted 2/21/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi fellow UC buddies smilewinkgrin I am newly diagnosed 54 yo and new to the forum. I have a lot of questions. After being told I had IBS for many years, I found out I have IBD.  So now I am on Colasal 4x2 for a month now. They told me it would tak a few weeks for the meds to get into my system. While my side no longer aches, I have had some episodes of having to go to the bathroom many times a day.  I first get very tired, joint pain and then the stomach thing starts. Is this pretty typical for others? How many people have these other symptoms. Are the meds supposed to help? I thought UC and crohn's got diagnosed in younger people. I am waiting for the follow up apt with my Dr.  I think part of my problem may be that I start to feel well and then I eat something that upsets my stomach like a milk product, too much roughage in the form of lettuce et.....My other meds are fish oil, zocor, cymbalta, synthroid and nexium as needed.

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   Posted 2/21/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
You maybe dehydrated. It could also be uc. I'm new to uc also so I don't know a whole lot. But it's easy to get dehydrated when you have D. And stomach pain and D is also a symptom of dehydration. Drinking more water may be worth a try.
diagnosed January 2009
mild pancolitis
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   Posted 2/21/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Joint pain is pretty common in people with UC... I have it real bad in my ankles, knees and wrists...

Fatigue is also really common especially because our colon's are so inflamed and if you're bleeding a lot and going diahrea a lot... and in a lot of pain... well it takes a lot out of you.

A lot of us either can't handle too much dairy products... or can't handle them at all. I drink lactaid milk and only eat i cant believe its not butter... i tend to stay away from cheese period.

Raw veggies and things like that are hard to digest. Although I just ate arugula with olive oil, lemon juice and salt n pepper.... i can tolerate that for some reason.

Some people experience a lot of pain with their UC, some do sometimes, and then some don't at all. I'm one of the unlucky few that has pain most of the time.
Kara, 21F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI is currently trying to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again. Hope it works...if it doesn't.. I go on Imuran and am on pred longer. *crosses fingers*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day Antibiotic-Amoxyclln
I am so sick of this disease!

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   Posted 2/22/2009 3:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have joint pain. I do get fatigue the longer I've had a flare due to losing so much blood. I pass a lot of blood clots that are about 1 inch to 2 inches in diameter.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 2/22/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
How do they do a fecal tranplant? That sounds kind of unsanitary.... but if it works.
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