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Please explain your joint pain

I get pain in ankles, wrists, fingers, lower back. Only last a few seconds then it goes. Comes & goes in different areas all the time. Recently woke up without being able to straighten elbow. Fine a couple of days later then pain would come back for 1 day then ok for a couple more and now sore again tonight. I’m in remission. No swelling & not warm to touch. Could this Be related to IBD or just part of ageing??

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  • Natali Marti
    8 months ago

    Hi @JulesB,

    I had the same thing happen to me a while back, and mine ended up being due to prednisone. I had been on and off it for years, but the last time I was on it I felt like I had migrating arthritis. My elbow would hurt one day, then my finger the next, and my ankle the day after. It got so bad that I couldn’t even walk some days. Ultimately, my doctors figured out that the prednisone was causing fluid to collect in my joints which was causing the pain and stiffness. But then I would take the next dose and it would make the inflammation go down and the pain would recede. It was such a vicious cycle and it didn’t fully go away until I was able to stop taking prednisone and had been off of it for a while so it could get out of my system. I was completely unaware that steroids could do that, but given that they cause us to retain water etc, it made sense when they finally put it together.

    I hope you have found some relief!

    Natali (Team Member)

  • Jaime H moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Jules,

    First, I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this. My arthritis crept up and came out guns blazing during the flare I’m in that started in 2012. While my IBD is technically in remission my arthritis is still very present and is being listed as Psoriatic now versus enteropathic or seronegative. I have Psoriasis, too.

    The Editorial Team has a great article about IBD and types of arthritis which includes statistics too:

    I was sent to a Rheumatologist and honestly it’s the best thing that’s happened in my treatment journey. She watches over the Psoriasis, as well as the joint pain and swelling issues. And when there’s an issue with my meds and my GI isn’t available she has become a wonderful backup teammember to my treatment plan.

    That being said, a heated blanket and warm moist compresses have helped immensely. Also acupressure mats help me break up the pain in the bottom of my feet. They make mats that you can place over a roller to help larger hard-to-reach areas like your back and neck.

    Due to the fact that you do have an inflammatory disease, regardless of how well it is doing, your body is prone to silent inflammation. A rheumatologist is a really good doc to have in situations like this.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping you were able to enjoy it! — Holland, Team Member

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi @julesb,

    I too would often get these joint pains which sound similar to what you are experiencing and I know mine isn’t manifesting due to age. Just to be cautious, I would speak to your doctor and let him/her know what is going on. It could be some inflammation trying to creep back in and the root cause sounds like IBD.

    Just a little tip, for me whenever I would have joint pain, for some quick relief I would use essential oils. They would really ease the discomfort and of course are completely natural. It’s a nice tool to have around.

    I hope you feel better and find answers! Maybe even ask your doctor to check your CRP levels? See if it’s high?

    Wishing you the best in health.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

  • 11 months ago

    Thank you!

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    11 months ago

    Of course!

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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