I have had a left shoulder injury that just progressed after a tough upper body workout. As time has gone on a joint in my right shoulder has a similar pain. I have read about people with j pouches later on getting arthritis. Do any of you have arthritis ? 

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Lots of us have arthritis, because osteoarthritis is incredibly common. Fewer of us have enteropathic arthritis, which is the kind of arthritis that is specific to folks with inflammatory bowel disease. Your shoulder pain could easily be neither kind of arthritis, though. Maybe you just aggravated the old injury?

Taylor, I had my take down almost 2 years ago. Last spring, my joint pains started in my right knee and right shoulder and spread to both wrists. Over the next four months an orthopedic surgeon did x-rays of my knee, an MRI of my shoulder and said I had some osteoarthritis, but was more likely related to UC. Over the summer, I had cortisone shots in my knee and eventually arthroscopic acromioplasty on my shoulder that also revealed inflammation. I was referred to a Rheumatologist who ran blood labs and more x-rays, and confirmed enteropathic arthritis resulting from UC. I have been on sulfasalazine for more than a month and there is finally improvement, including current PT for my shoulder. I feel like I’m falling apart but I’ve got good docs and optimism. 

Taylor, now that you’ve revealed your age I’d be less inclined to consider osteoarthritis very strongly. It’s still more likely to be an injury than enteropathic arthritis, but I wouldn’t count on a physical therapist to make the diagnosis.

I have 'creaky old lady arthritis'...meaning every single spot that I have hurt or injured aches and creaks and cracks and pops with every movement...I am a walking weather vein...which arthritis is it? Do not think that it matters...it hurts...I take what I can and do what I can to keep the joints active and things moving...it is worse in the winter or when it rains...

Advice? Whenever you have an injury, treat it kindly, get physio and stop hurting yourself!


I have psoriatic arthritis, even tho there is no skin condition that’s showed itself associated with the arthritis yet. It mainly showed itself after my takedown - within a month or two. My knees and joints were so inflamed and it hurt to just walk, go up and down the stairs and sit for long periods of time. It just felt like joints were big inflamed balls of Fire. 

I tried sulfazalazine but that didn’t work. I have a feeling I might have had this longer but having been on Entyvio, prednisone, remicade, etc, I think it might have masked my symptoms and now that I was off of everything, it was reading it’s ugly head.

Anyhow, I went on Cimzia and that worked really well, and it was safe when I was pregnant. It stopped working that well a year later (now) and I’m just in the process of switching to Humeria. I start that this week. 

it’s no fun, especially since I’m only 39. I have osteopenia and I feel like the body of a 50 year old. It is what it is though. I guess I’m just glad that medication helps. I have an 8 month old so I don’t have as much time as I’d like to be able to work out or be active. But do I think it is related to my ulcerative colitis? Yep. 

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