Have you swelling? Have you morning stiffness? Are the issues symmetrical? Are the knuckles and middle joints of the fingers and hands involved?....these are the most direct initial symptoms of RA.
If you have asymmetrical, non-swelling, migratory joint issues with involvement of tendons and larger peripheral joints and even the back....these are indicative of SpA's of which IBD arthritis is one and for which current remission of bowel issues may not have anything direct to do with your joint issues.
It is also possible that the Remi is inducing the joint issues. Did the joint issues start before or after use of this? Have your Remi trough levels been checked together with a look for antibodies to the drug?
10mg of pred would not get you seeing major results if you had a joint flare...its low doze mainteance....you'd need 30mg - 40mg at the outset of a joint or bowel flare to dampen down the immune activity
Seems like its Joint Issue month on HealingWell currently!!!
Just getting back the the posts. in reponse--
Yes. Both hands are stiff and painful all through the night and morning. They are puffy. All fingers and all toes hurt along with the whole of both feet. the issues started after an increase of Remicade while also going from every 8 weeks to every 6 weeks. The Remicade levels were checked levels 2 times. The first one was when i had break through UC symptoms and receiving every 8 weeks was 3. They went to 6 weeks it was at a 5 so that is when they increased it and the joint pain began. I just had an infusion today so i am guessing I now need to wait another 6 weeks before they can check levels.
When i took the 30 mg of prednisone ALL the pain pretty much seemed to go away along with the intense fatigue. I went down to 5 then stopped then started again and stopped- titrating each time. I was getting pretty irritable but it may also be from the pain. I am also on 6mg of METHOTREXATE which i don't think is doing a whole lot.
If i keep taking prednisone how will I know if the Remicade is causing the issue. I am so thankful for all of you here. My husband just doesn't get it.