Back pain=Arthritis?

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~:*OneLove*:~
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 8/14/2007 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that Arthritis can be a somewhat common sister condition of UC. (How weird is that?!?!)  I had some really bad lower back pain during my last flare... which pretty much went away along with the rest of my UC symptoms when I went into remission.  Now, the back pain is back for apparently no reason... and it has recently become so bad, it's starting to limit my mobility. I'm seeing my Doc tomorow... but I was wondering how common this is and if anyone elese has had similar experiences with back or joint pain.  :-) Thanx you guys!!!
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~:* ONE LOVE *:~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
Current Symptoms: None!!!!! In remission since Nov. 2006 (woooohoooo!!!)
History: Diagnosed Oct. 2005, flared for 1 year. Hospitalized 9 days Sept. 2006. 2 Blood transfusions, 1 Remicade injection. Drugs:Asacol,Probiotics (Primadophillis Returi), Fish Oil 1000, MultiVitamin, B-12, Biotin, Vitamin-E oil & Cinnamon pill (occasionally). Diet: Vegetarian (Fish/Eggs/Dairy) & SCD diet (somewhat)


quincy
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   Posted 8/14/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi...lower back pain is common with flares. Arthritis (there are different kinds)...some can be associated with UC/IBD, but not all. Osteoarthritis isn't...which most people have, but I would think that the pains and discomfort associated with it could be exacerbated by flares (or periods for females).

You should definitely get checked out anyway to make sure you don't have anything else going on. Blood tests can be done as well to see if there's any actual connections.

Your back ache could be an early sign of an impending flare, your period, ovulation, nerve impingement, strained muscles...etc.

I can relate big-time....

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


at wit's end
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 565
   Posted 8/15/2007 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Is this possibly why my lower back area is spasming like it does? And the catch feeling in my left side? It spasms also. Between my ribs and hip bone. Really bothersome and annoying.

quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
at wit's end...that could also be gas in conjunction with the spasming. If you press in that area, can you hear or feel gas moving?
I get that depending on what I eat, and there are times it can be almost impossible to relax. Releasing it is a huge relief, although it doesn't always happen on cue.

You could consider to ask the doc for a 'script of dicyclomine. It works good for spasming.

Rectal meds help if you are flaring and tapered to a maintenance dosage.

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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