Crohn’s disease causes many symptoms that affect the gut and digestion such as nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. This disease can also lead to a range of other symptoms including joint pain.

Arthritis is the most common complication of inflammatory bowel disease that affects up to 30 percent of people with the disease. Arthritis is when someone’s joints become inflamed and overtime, can lead to long lasting damage. People with Crohn’s disease are more likely to develop certain types of arthritis such as peripheral arthritis, axial arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Having joint pain may not always be related to also having Crohn’s disease. There are many other factors that can cause joint pain. For example, joint pain can be a side effect from a medication.

A doctor can identify the cause of joint pain through blood tests, fluid analysis, and imaging tests. Treatments such as prescription drugs, physical therapy and lifestyle changes can all help relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation.

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