Crohn’s disease causes joint pain in some people, as well as its typical gastrointestinal symptoms. Treatment for joint pain in people with Crohn’s depends on the type and severity of the pain. Learn more here.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, that can affect any part of the digestive tract. However, the inflammation most commonly affects the last section of the small intestine and the start of the colon.
Symptoms can vary between people but typically include:
- abdominal pain and cramping
- unintended weight loss
- bloody stools
Crohn’s disease can also cause a range of other symptoms, including joint pain and soreness. This pain often occurs alongside a flare-up of intestinal symptoms.
In this article, we look at the link between Crohn’s disease and joint pain. We also cover the different types of joint pain that people with Crohn’s can get, when to see a doctor, diagnosis, and treatment.
Crohn’s disease and joint pain
Doctors refer to painful swelling of the joints as arthritis. According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, arthritis is the most common complication of IBD that occurs outside of the intestines. They state it may affect up to 30 percent of people with IBD.
Although arthritis typically occurs with advancing age, it can also affect younger people with Crohn’s disease.
Joint pain can occur with or without swelling. The medical community refer to joint pain without swelling as arthralgia.
According to Dr. Timothy R. Orchard, a consultant gastroenterologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, United Kingdom, arthralgia affects between 40 to 50 percent of people with IBD.
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