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HNW
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/28/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having AWFUL joint pain, mainly in my wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles.  I went to my primary doc and she prescribed prednisone for 10 days starting with 50mg then decreasing by 10mg every two days.  The first four days I felt a ton better and could actually walk at a normal pace.  Now I'm on the day of taking 30mg and I'm almost back to square one with the pain.  I really don't want to be on prednisone because of all the horror stories I've heard about it.  Is there any other medicines that help with joint pain that any of you have had experience with?  I'd like to ask to be put on another medicine if there is any.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: August 7, 2007 at age 24
 
Meds so far: Asacol 3 pills 3 times a day
                 Mesalamine Enemas every night
                 Prednisone for 10 days (ending Sept 2) Starting with 50mg
                 and tapering off by 10 every two days  (pcp prescribed for
                 joint pain)


Another UC wife
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 2111
   Posted 8/28/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Others will respond here....it seems like that is a very fast tapering which would account for the pain returning so quickly.  Especially since it seemed like it helped initially.  I know we want to be on that for as little as possible if at all.  Be sure you are taking calcium.
 
My husband's  prednisone off and on for the past year gave him osteopenia which is a result from the prednisone and he has been taking calcium too.  Prior to all of this he played 6 days a week - a combination of 2 days of golf and 4 days of pickelball (a downsized version of tennis) very strong and very active.  So be sure to take the calcium.

60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40  mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg


HNW
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 8/28/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink a ton of milk a day, so hopefully that will be enough. I have a follow up with my Gi doc in about a week and a half, and a follow up with the doctor that put me on prednisone in two weeks. I'll ask my GI about what he thinks. I finally got my BM's under control and then my joints started hurting :( I'm just hoping this will be the last thing that tries to interfere with my life this summer!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: August 7, 2007 at age 24
 
Meds so far: Asacol 3 pills 3 times a day
                 Mesalamine Enemas every night
                 Prednisone for 10 days (ending Sept 2) Starting with 50mg
                 and tapering off by 10 every two days  (pcp prescribed for
                 joint pain)


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 8/28/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
How old are you? The reason I ask is I'm sure I've heard on numerous occassions that drinking a ton of milk has the best affects on building healthy bones is between the ages of 5 yrs the early 20's, after that it doesn't have near the affect.
 
 

Optimal calcium intake is most important from childhood through the mid-twenties, when bones grow fastest. Scientists believe that an increased calcium intake starting at about age 6 will produce a skeleton that ultimately resists bone fractures. Only in youth can the skeleton grow appreciably stronger, reaching what researchers refer to as "peak bone mass" - the stage where bones have reached their ultimate density - at about age 24.
 
Wouldn't likely hurt if you also took vitamin D supplements and weight bearing exercising is also good to keep bones healthy and prolong or even prevent osteo.

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 8/28/2007 11:34:23 PM (GMT-6)


Harpo
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 262
   Posted 8/29/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
How about a few cigarettes..
Male 36yrs old. Indeterminate Colitis 6 yrs.

100 mg 6-mp
Lialda 2 a day

Protonix
multi vitamin

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