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Campylobacter

I previously posted a question about what moderate chronic non-specific inflammation of the colon meant.  Now I would like to know if campylobacter infection can cause chronic inflammation, because I had bleeding and diarrhea several months prior to the onset of fever and severe abdominal pain.  Now in addition to this I have had arthritis type of pain, but now it is worse.  Could this be reactive arthritis to this infection?  If so, how can I control the pain as it is effecting my feet and making it difficult to walk?  I have been treated for the campylobacter infection but still have 3-5 formed stools a day and occasional bleeding.  The doctor said I had proctitis but this could have been caused by the campylobacter and the only way to know for sure would be to re-endoscope after infection has cleared.  I really do not want to have to do that.  So I would like to know if campylobacter would cause acute or chronic inflammation of the intestine and associated arthritis pain?  He also mentioned microscopic colitis as a cause but seemed to change his mind with regard to that.

Thanks for your help.
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Hi,
Campylobacter infection can cause reactive arthritis.
NSAIDs ,steroids  or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs may be tried to treat reactive arthritis.
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