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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
What does everyone take for joint pain? This is the first round of pred that I have had this much joint pain and it's really getting to me. There are times I can't even walk. Any advice?
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, back to 30 mg pred.
Waiting for prometheus test to start Immuran
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 8/17/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have always used topicals on my gastro's advice-- usually Ben Gay arthritis formula because it contains 30% salicylate but no camphor which tends to reek. Keep moving as much as possible & keep up your calcium + vita D intake. Heating or cooling the joint can also help-- this is pretty much trial & error on the patient's part to find out if one or the other will relieve the pain. Heat usually helps me. Just beware not to use heat in combination with any of the otc lotions that have warning labels against this! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 X 3 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon, which is responding)

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   Posted 8/17/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I had horrible joint pain the last time I was on pred. I took 60mg for 3 days. My knees hurt so bad I literally could not get out of the bed. Hips too. Ouch....just the memory hurts! Heating pads, tylenol and warm baths really helped me. Walking and stretching (gently) helped too. It will go away as soon as you can get off the pred. Hang in there!

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day (attempting to cut this down to 6 by slowly tapering), acidopholis pearls, just added Prilosec OTC
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 8/17/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I always had achey elbows.  Enteric coated fish oil has helped ease this quite a bit.  Fish oil with Omega 3 is a good anti-inflammatory.  Make sure you get the enteric coated, so the fish oil reaches the intestines and not just the stomach.  Fish oil without the enteric coating also gives you fish tasting burps.  With the enteric coating you never taste anything.
Diagnosed UC 1999
Asacol (no effect)
Colazal (no effect)
VSL#3 (not enough difference to justify the cost)
OTC : Probiotics (Primadophillius Reuteri, 1 capsule per day), enteric coated Fish Oil (1.7g 3x per day), Metamucil (one serving 4x per day), Turmeric/Curcumin95% (1g 2x per day), Multivitamin, Caltrate 600D (2x per day), L-Glutamine (5g 2x per day, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before bed)
approximate current BMs : two in the a.m. (generally between 8-10 a.m.), then one around 3pm, and one around 9pm

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 246
   Posted 8/17/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had horrible joint pain coming off of Pred and off/on a few months after. It's gotten a lot better now and seems to come and go with inflammation but nothing as near as bad as when I was coming out of a flare so I think things will look up for you after you come out of the flare and things get better. I do take a small dose of pred 5 or 10 mg depending on the pain now and then if the joints flare up. It has an immediate effect of helping with the joint pain.
- 29 y/o male living in the DC Metropolitan region
- UC diagnosed - April, 2006 - symptoms came on sudden
- GI could not determine type of UC as I was too inflamed during the colonoscopy
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission
- 6 Colazal/day, 1 Multivitamin, Fish oil, Primal Defense Probiotics 2/day, Iron supplement when bleeding
- Use small dose (5-10mg) of prednisone occassionally to manage joint pain

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