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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 3/16/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
A have had tail bone pain for several months now and raised this to my GI's attention. He ordered a complete set of X-rays of the pelvic region since the intensity of my pain was unusual and to rule out the initial stages of ankylosing spondylitis. It looks like I do not have that disease however I most definitely have developed osteo arthritis in the coccyxial region. For now, he recommended using a pillow when sitting but will likely need to have a cortisone shot to seek some relief. For this I need to see an orthopedist. Grrrr.
Mild pancolitis with some diverticular pockets diagnosed in April '08
Currently on 400 mg Asacol X 6 per day

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/16/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh. But I have had the epidural cortisteroid (sp?) shots (for disc/sciatic issues, not arthritis) and they are a walk in the park. But I wonder if you have to have them again and again? Some people do, I guess.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   

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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had great results from the cortesteroid injections. The doctors still don't quite know what is wrong with my back other then Sacroiilitis. I had steroid injections in them, they didn't seem to help much or so I thought at the time. A few months on down the line the pain started to lessen and now it only bothers me if I do alot of bending. I have OA in my fingers and have received injections in the fingers of my left hand and it worked great. You can safely get the injections 3-5 times a year. Right now I am in the process of getting my second round of steroid injections in my neck for bulging/herniated discs. Depending on where they inject you, sometimes it can be a bit painful but remember to always always use ice after the injections. It makes a world of difference.
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