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Flared up ulcerative colitis with bloody stools, on Mesacol. Knees, chest and shoulders becoming weak. Why ?

i am 51 yr old male with ulcerative colities since last 15 yrs. but just last week i had a flare-up with bloody stools of 20 - 25 per day. now the stools are 5 - 6 per day. i am on mesacol 400 mg, 2 x 3 times a day. i am fully vegetarian and very careful about my diet . but since last 10 days my knees and shouldersand chest have become so weak, that i can hardly stand or sit. dr has advised me calcirol 0000 IU one sachet per week X 6 weeks. kindly advise me on YYYY@YYYY AAAAAA
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi ! From your history, I could infer that you have got extra intestinal manifestations of ulcerative collitis, where multiple joints and muscles may get affected in the form of arthritis and myositis. These may be self limited or may require medication for symptomatic treatment. I would suggest you to take appointment with your treating doctor, and discuss on this with him. You may continue to have calcirol as advised by your doctor.
Answered: Sun, 1 Sep 2013
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Gastroenterologist Dr. Amit Jain's  Response
Hello! Thanks for putting your query in HCM. I am a Gastroenterologist (DM).

Pain in knee, shoulder and chest may be due to decreased calcium levels in your body as in ulcerative colitis patient becomes calcium deficient. So take calcium and continue with calcirol sachet. Also take an analgesic like combination of tramadol and paracetamol like Ultracet

I hope I have answered your query and this will help you. If you have any further query I will be happy to answer that too. Remain in touch and get-well soon.
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