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01-14-2014, 08:03 AM   #1
Lkies3285
 
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Colitis and possible arthritis?

I have had Ulcerative Colitis for over 3 years and lately have had what I feel are arthritis like symptoms. I am almost 24 years old so this seems strange to me to be having these symptoms. I have:

-pain when bending and straightening both knees
-pain in shoulders
-pain in wrists and elbows
-pain in fingers
-pain in hips and back

I have a hard time sleeping and have tried OTC sleep aids like Melatonin etc. I wake up every hour or so with horrible pains all over my body. I have an appointment with my GI on wednesday should I talk with him about all this? Could this be related to my Colitis?
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01-14-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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Yes. UC (and Crohn's) are autoimmune diseases, as is arthritis. I think it is not uncommon to have both (my wife has Crohn's and mild arthritis). You might consider talking to a rheumatologist about it. Good luck.
01-14-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I just feel so young to be having all these aches and pains already :-(
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