Having an immediate appointment with a rheumatologist is very important if you are diagnosed with Arthritis caused by colitis. Your doctor will offer treatment based on the effect it has caused and the extent of its manifestation in the body. The treatment aims at reducing the symptoms of the diseases and to treat the infection of bacterium which might be present in your body.
Your doctor would prescribe antibiotics as it can eliminate the infection caused by this medical condition in your body. The antibiotics might vary according to the bacterium present in your body.
Treatment for Arthritis Due to Colitis
Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
NSAIDS have the ability to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Some of the commonly given medicines are ibuprofen, naproxen and indomethacin which might prove very effective. Always remember that such medications must be used only in minimum as over usage would cause stomach problems such as ulcers. These medications might be prescribed by your doctor in small doses to prevent the pain and inflammation but if it fails to reduce the symptoms of this medical condition then he might prescribe a higher dosage.
If your body fails to respond to the above discussed treatment for arthritis due to colitis then your doctor in order to curb the inflammation in joints prescribes this medication.
Injecting with this medication on the infected area would also help to reduce the pain and inflammation in the affected joints and you would also be able to perform your daily activities. But these steroids can also trigger other problems such as weight gain, infection, osteoporosis and very slow healing ability of wounds.
These Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs are also prescribed in very severe cases in the treatment for arthritis due to colitis. The medications prescribed are Sulfasalazine and methotrexate.
The doctor prescribes this medication if you have persisting problem of arthritis and its symptoms. The usual side effects of these sulfa based medicines are rashes on the skin and bone marrow gets suppressed. So your doctor would require that you monitor the blood levels regularly if you have to consume it for a longer time period.
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers
TNF, the cell protein is widely used in treatment for arthritis due to colitis to suppress the inflammation occurring in joints.
These blockers strive hard to block the protein which in turn would help to improve the tenderness in joints and relieve the feeling of pain and stiffness in the joints. Evidences show that few medications such as etanercept and infliximab can relieve the pain and the stiffness caused by this medical condition.
Surgery is the last option in the treatment for this medical condition if your body does not respond to the various treatments offered or if the damage caused is very bad. In such case, your doctor would ask you to consult an orthopedist who will advise you to go in for the surgery on your severely damaged body part. This will put an end to the infection from causing lots of pain and agony.