I've had IBD for over 15 years, but never had joint pain until 6 months after my j-pouch surgery. It could be a result of stopping purinethol (immuno suppressant drug) or the surgery. Strangely, the pain goes away when I get sick (norovirus and a cold), almost like my immune system stops attacking my joints to fight a real virus.
I'm trying to deal with the joint pain naturally to avoid taking more drugs or seeing a rheumatologist. I've cut out gluten from my diet and am trying to cut out dairy too, since I've heard they can cause inflammation.
Has anyone had any success decreasing joint pain by changing their diet or other natural remedies (acupuncture, massage, heat, ice, etc.)?
Thanks. Any suggestions appreciated. I'm going on a ski trip in 3 weeks and hope to solve it.