Crohn’s Disease Series: What is Enterapathic Arthritis?
I finally had a consultation with my rheumatologist today who confirmed that all the tests/scans done since last August, show I do not have rheumatoid or osteo-arthritis. Happy days. My painful and sometimes swollen joints are – as originally thought – a lovely by-product of having Crohn’s Disease, aka as enterapathic arthritis and can flare when the gut does or independently. Exacerbated by menopause, mixed with some chronic fatigue and an added touch of fibromyalgia. What a combo! 🤸♀️🤸♀️🤸♀️ My main coping mechanisms include (and sometimes difficult to get) complete rest, at least a few hours of decent sleep, analgesia and although I sometimes use an anti-inflammatory gel to rub in, I have found this natural product by @aromatherapybyholly to much more beneficial in ‘taking the edge of’ pain and discomfort of the joints:
Snapshot: What is Enterapathic Arthritis?
See Nature Reviews Rheumatology and Crohn’s and Colitis UK for further info.
The next topic in my series of Crohn’s Disease will aim to look at Chronic Fatigue 😴