Ulcerative Colitis and Arthritis

Can Someone With Ulcerative Colitis Also Get Arthritis?

It is a 100% yes that someone who has ulcerative colitis can also have arthritis.  You may also just experience symptoms of arthritis along with your UC.  It is not really known why there is an increasing amount of people who have been diagnosed with UC who also come down with sporadic or chronic arthritis symptoms also.  Some doctors feel it is all related to the immune systems and in particular the autoimmune reactions that are taking place.  Other people feel it might be more related to other outside medical issues.  There are others who feel it could still be a complete coincidence.

Symptoms of Arthritis:

  • Painful aches in joints
  • Difficulty finding comfortable positions when trying to sleep at night
  • Pain in the limbs such as the elbows or finger joints
  • Lower back pain that is very painful
  • Often the pain is worse in the morning hours after waking up and gets better by mid morning
  • Difficulty moving freely, range  of motion can be decreased

How to Deal with Colitis and Arthritis:

If you are finding yourself having these two nasty sets of symptoms, rest assured that you are not alone.  There is an ever growing amount of people who are also dealing with colitis and arthritis and for sure it is a struggle.  But, it can be dealt with.  What you should definitely do is speak with your physician.  If you have UC, you probably are dealing with some sort of gastro doctor already.  This doctor is likely not trained in arthritis, so you should ask to speak with a physician who can assist you with those questions.  A common procedure is for these doctors to prescribe some type of anti-inflammatory medication such as prednisone to help with the arthritis.  Be sure to consult with your GI doctor as well before taking any medications, especially if you are also taking GI related ones at the same time.  If you want to try some completely alternative treatment, you can look into treating both arthritis and the ulcerative colitis symptoms with diet.  There is a diet called the specific carbohydrate diet which has helped many people with ulcerative colitis and may prove helpful for your arthritis as well.

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