Crohn’s disease, IBD are risk factors for arthritis and joint pain

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Crohn’s disease, IBD are risk factors for arthritis and joint pain

Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease, makes it more likely that a person will also develop arthritis (another autoimmune disease).

Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder, is a risk factor for arthritis and joint pain. Irritable bowel disease (IBD) refers to two disorders: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In both conditions inflammation of the intestines occurs as the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in the digestive tract, thus making them autoimmune diseases as well.

Arthritis has been seen in individuals with IBD, similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease arthritis. It is important to note, though, that there are differences between IBD arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In IBD arthritis only a few, larger joints become affected on one side of the body, while rheumatoid arthritis can affect both sides of the body and often affects smaller joints, like the ones found in the hands. Additionally, antibodies are found in the blood of those with rheumatoid arthritis but not in those with IBD arthritis.

Crohn’s disease and arthritis

Having Crohn’s disease puts you at an increased risk of developing certain forms of arthritis, including peripheral arthritis, axial arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

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