iritis and joint pain

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iritis and joint pain

Postby Corryn » Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:53 pm

I was diagnosed with iritis four weeks ago. A week and a half after the iritis diagnosis I began to experience joint pain, mainly in my knees. After seeing a rhuemetologist, he ruled out rhuematic arthritis because I don't have all the symptoms. My knee pain is extremely intense at times. Is anyone out there experiencing the same symptoms? Does anyone have a clue what is causing all of this? My HBLA was positive.

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HLA B27 can be related to various forms of arthritis

Postby Mike Bartolatz » Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:45 pm

where do you live so we can get you to a specialist who knows about your form of uveitis and the various systemic disease processes associated with uveitis and HLA B27.
Reactive arthritis can be related to HLA B27, even rheumatoid arthritis is now thought to be reactive arthritis triggered by a pathogen attacking your immune system.

please read about the enteropathic arthropathies, the seronegative spondyloarthropathies and HLA B27. Ankylosing spondylitis can attack other joints of the body besides the low back and Sacrum. it often strikes the shoulder for example and upper back. when the spine is invovled it causes 'bamboo spine'

Wish you the best,
Mike Bartolatz


Postby Guest » Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:50 pm

I've had iritis on and off for about 3 years. It reoccurs about every 3 months. Recently, I've had other inflamatory symptoms that also come and go and respond well to AINSD's. These include stiff/sore neck, TMJ (sore jaw), and one bout of intense, undiagnosed chest pain. The latter sent me to the ER, as the pain was intense and was more painful to breath. Four baby asprin cleared that one up.

I have had a battery of tests - from HLA to Tuberculosis, including extensive blood work - all negative.


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Time to see an expert

Postby Mike Bartolatz » Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:08 pm

In my lay opinion it is time to see a true expert in Uveitis for additional testing and evaluation. sometimes the testing lab can make mistakes and tests should be redone.
sometimes a year or two later tests are redone and one is then positive for markers like those for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

many of us with autoimmune related uveitis also have fibromyalgia which could explain your neck and jaw pain. other areas of the body could be involved with muscle pain too.
often FIBRO doesn't respond to NSAIDS. If dry eye and dry mouth are involved then testing for Sjogren's syndrome and SLE should be done as both appear along with Fibro. SLE has a direct link to Uveitis.

keep in the hunt, seek out the very best care you can afford by the very best Opthalmologists and rheumatologists. do your homework before you ask your GP for referral as often once you have seen an 'expert' the insurance company won't let you see another.

wish you the very best,
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Postby hooversmom » Thu May 08, 2008 7:22 pm

I have SLE and often have a flare of joint pain and increased fatigue around the same time as my uveitis. Hope this helps. See a good opthamologist who will work with a rheumatologist

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