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    Can hip pain be associated with Crohn's and UC?

    My son is 4 years old and was diagnosed with UC 5 weeks ago, we started tapering his pred 2 weeks ago and started him on solazapyrine, however. Just over a week ago he started complaining of hip pain, and today he was actually limping. Is the joint pain associated with both Crohns and UC or only crohns? We where told by specialist that they haven't completely ruled out crohns, so was more wondering if this is another ‘tick’ in the crohns box. There is so much to learn and take in that I feel overwhelmed sometimes. Thanks in advance :-)
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    For more than 25 years, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia™ (formerly the Australian Crohn’s and Colitis Association) has been making life more liveable for more than … View Profile

    Joint problems with pain and inflammation can occur in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's.  It tends to involve the larger joints such as the knees, hips, ankles, wrists and elbows, which may mirror the course of active bowel disease.  Treatment of the latter may bring improvement so that joint symptoms disappear. Corticosteroids can be very effective in dampening down any inflammation and pain, so it's possible that the joint problem has only come to notice since tapering off that medication.  Consult with your child's specialist if the joint pain and limping continues to be a problem.  Generally the arthritis (inflammation) and arthralgia (joint pain) in inflammatory bowel disease does not result in permanent damage to the joints.

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