Arthritis is a disorder that millions of Americans have to live with and deal with every day. Arthritis may simply be an annoying nuisance that involves minor pain and discomfort, or it can be so severe that it causes you to be disabled and prevents you from working.
Enteropathy is a medical term that is used in reference to any disease or disorder that affects your intestines. Enteropathic arthritis is a form of arthritis that often develops when you have intestinal diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel diseases.
Arthritis is far more than one single disease. It is a complex condition that includes over 100 ailments that can develop at any time in your life.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most prevalent forms of this disease. Other kinds that you may be familiar with are psoriatic arthritis, Still’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, gouty arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and septic arthritis.
Arthritis is inflammation of a joint that is evidenced and usually accompanied by restriction of motion, swelling, changes in structure, pain and stiffness. The tenderness and pain that results from arthritis may be made worse by movement or activity.
You may experience inflammation with arthritis that is marked by stiffness, warmth and/or redness and swelling. Arthritis may also be characterized by loss of energy, extreme fatigue, weakness, unexplained weight loss and deformity in your joints.
Population with Enteropathic Arthritis
Enteropathic arthritis occurs in up to 20% of the people who are afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease. The number is higher for people with Crohn’s disease than it is for people with ulcerative colitis.
Men and women are affected equally by enteropathic arthritis. It occurs more often in young adults and teenagers.
Enteropathic arthritis affects your spine and other joints. Most of the time, this disease affects multiple joints. Usually, it is your peripheral joints that are most affected by enteropathic arthritis. Some of the joints that may be affected by enteropathic arthritis include your wrists, elbows, ankles and knees.
Causes and Symptoms of Enteropathic Arthritis
Research scientists have not yet discovered the specific cause or causes of enteropathic arthritis. Genetics may have a part in bringing about this disease. The genes that may play a role in causing enteropathic arthritis involve your immune system and how it works.
There are several signs and symptoms that you may have, which may be an indication of enteropathic arthritis. Some of these are:
- Redness, pain, heat and swelling in your joint or joints that are affected
- Morning stiffness in your buttocks or lower back
- Stiffness or back pain that wakes you up at night
- Stiffness in your entire spine
The signs and symptoms that are caused by enteropathic arthritis usually last for less than six months. They often take place during a flare-up of the bowel disease that you have.
Enteropathic arthritis does not usually lead to deformity or destruction of your joint of joints that are affected by the disorder. This disease also does not usually bring about long-term disability, but it can.
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