I started the flare that I am technically still in about
8 weeks ago. At the same time that my UC symptoms were at their worst, I had a great deal of knee pain (both sides), hip pain (surprisingly only on the left), low back pain, and neck pain.
I know that I did nothing to injure those painful body parts! Since I had my first consult with my new GI, I mentioned this pain to him. He had me bend forward to look at my back range of motion, move my neck around, and he felt my knees. He said my knees felt "boggy" whatever that means.
He said if my pain didn't go away as the flare went away I should see a rheumatologist. "There is a link between UC and arthritis" he said.
Thankfully the pain did go away when I started the lovely prednisone! Who can have inflammation while taking that stuff!
Anyway, as I am tapering, I am not getting a return of the symptoms so hopefully all is well. I have gotten back to working out and doing well.
I took some Ultram (Tramadol) for pain. It is not a NSAID so it doesn't supposedly affect the UC symptoms.
Age 34, Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Prednisone currently on 20 mgs, tapering down 5 mgs every Wednesday
Will start Azathioprine 100 mgs 6/22/2009
Just started taking Apriso 4 tabs daily 6/11/2009 (SIGN UP FOR THE LOYALTY PROGRAM FROM SALIX!)
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Flaxseed Oil 2000 mg per day
Also tried: Remicade, Asacol, Rowasa, Cantasa