by John
(Mesa AZ)

My son was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in October of 2010.
After a bowel resection in May of 2011, he has done very well (currently on Humira and Asacol).

He periodically develops back pain but not nearly to the extent or severity he had
prior to surgery.

Is back pain common with Crohn's?

One more question:
how do you know if Crohn's is flaring and what is the best way to
treat it? Just want to be prepared for when that day comes.




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Back pain
by: Rich M

Im sorry to hear about your sons condition. My wife and son have Crohns as well. My wife has had it for about 29 years, she's 51 and My son he's 31, about 7 years. He has a little back pain and my wife has debilitating back pain. They recently diagnosed her with Fibromyalgia as well. We've tried heating pads, Ben Gay, many things to no avail. She started taking Lyrica and that seems to help a lot. Helps with some of the headaches too. She gets a lot of those. We can only hope someday they find a cure for this horrible disease. It's completely reshaped our lives. The best your son and your family.

Back Pain and Flare-Ups
by: Annette Young


Thank you for your question.

I am glad that your son is doing well on his medication and the answer to your question is yes, many people do seem to suffer with back pain as a symptom of their crohn’s and it may be to do with the inflammation of joint pain but I always recommend that people go to see their doctor to check out that there is nothing else occurring as well. The symptoms with crohn’s disease vary from individual to individual and typically include:

Abdominal pain
Rectal bleeding
Joint pain
Weight loss

Some people only experience a few symptoms, while others experience a multitude and the disease can become extremely aggressive. Smoking is extremely bad for crohn’s sufferers and alcohol intake should be restricted too. As regards diet, the best way of coping with crohn’s and avoiding nasty flare-ups is to eat easy to digest foods such as: chicken or turkey breast (high in proteins) or prepare a salmon alternative.

Pureed foods including fruits such as papaya or bananas are also good and place less pressure on the digestive process. Your son could also try nutritious soups such as parsnip, pumpkin, carrots and if the fresh ingredients are pureed, they will become easy to digest too. Oatmeal is a good option too as it has soluble fiber and it absorbs water. It passes more slowly through the digestive tract. Eggs are also a great source of protein but go for the less greasy option and opt for boiled or scrambled eggs.

Unfortunately, flare-ups cannot be predicted so the best way to deal with them is to try to live a lifestyle that will have a lesser aggravating effect and yet to still provide a nutritious diet to help the body to heal. Sometimes it can be a limiting disease and flare-ups are especially painful but there are things that your son can do to help himself. Eat well – with the view of ease of digestion, avoid hot and spicy foods, alcohol, cigarettes and in some cases, stay off dairy, plus exercise when possible and avoid stress.

I hope this helps? If anyone else has any tips to share regarding crohn’s management, please do as every little bit of information can help.

by: Anonymous

For flares, only serve "safe" foods that are easily digestible such as low-fat proteins and cooked but previously frozen vegetables. But a Mom would know which foods agree with her son. Also go for a walk with him after supper to relax. During a flare, emotions run high.

Back Pain
by: Rich

My wife has had Crohns for about 25 years. The older she gets the more severe the back pain. They say it's common with the disease. It just comes out of nowhere and can last for days or just hours. Like the rest of the disease theres no rhyme or reason, it just happens. Good luck to your son.

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