Probably but enteropathic arthritis is most commonly associated with the small bowel, not as frequently with the large bowel. You can live without a large bowel, but you can’t live without the small bowel!
Enteropathic Arthritis Q & A
I cannot speak directly to your problem without examining you. There is an arthritis associated with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease). Its also called enteropathic arthritis and is one of the seronegative spondyloarthropathies. The arthritis has two forms. It can involve the lower back and sacroiliac joints and cause pain and morning stiffness lasting over an hour. It can also affect the peripheral joints– knees, ankles, hips, hands– with swelling and pain particularly when the Crohn’s Disease is very active. Of course there are other causes of hip and knee pain. You might also have muscle weakness from poor conditioning and lack of nutrition because of the bowel problems. Its tough to call from here.
If you have Crohn’s, then it is worth a trip to a rheumatologist to see if your back pain is related to the Crohn’s. Patients with Crohn’s can have inflammation in the spine.
An inflammatory arthritis can occur in association with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or UC). It usually affects a large lower extremity joint and often occurs when the bowel disease is flaring. Treatment of the peripheral arthritis is treatment of the bowel. Given your story about the activity of your bowel disease, it seems unlikley that your knee and pelvic problems are related to Crohn’s but you might want to see a rheumatologist.
Yes, there is an arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease (UC and Crohn’s). It usually involves a few large joints at a time, most frequently a knee or ankle but sometimes a wrist. The joints are active when the colon is active.
Rheumatoid factor is not specific for rheumatoid arthritis. Other types of inflammatory arthritis including psoriatic arthritis and lupus can have a positive rheumatoid factor. Anti-CCP antibodies are mosre specific for RA and you might ask your doctor if you have been checked.