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   Posted 7/13/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
what causes arthristis? is it UC the diseases itself that causes arthritis or is it the meds i take?
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg

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   Posted 7/13/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
From everything I have read the UC can be the cause of arthritis. It is listed as one of the complications.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
It is thought that Uc is an auto immune disease. With any AI, there is a higher chance that your immune system will turn and attack another part of the body. There are a couple of AI arthritis forms that Uc'ers can get such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and AS (Ankylosing spondylitis). There is also Peripheral arthritis which is a form of arthritis that wax and wanes with an IBD'ers flare. <--copy and paste to your web browser

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   Posted 7/14/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps you have the gene HLA-B27 ..ask your doctor it will make more sense if this is the case
38 year old female
UC - Diagnosed 2006
HLA-B27 Gene
Iritis 2008
4 x Asacol
100mg Mercaptopurine (6MP)

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   Posted 7/14/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I had arthritis symptoms only once and that was when I was tapering off Prednisone. It was definitely medicine related.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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