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   Posted 1/6/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
So I'm still trying to figure out if I have arthritis or not. All my joints hurt, pop, and get stuck. When I went to a doctor a while ago, I tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis, I do not have a high white cell count, and my joints do not look inflamed.

Is it likely or even possible for me to have arthritis if my joints are not inflamed?

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   Posted 1/6/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, one can have osteoarthrits and not have visible signs of inflammation. Xrays easily detect the presence of osteoarthritis. I would think that your doctor would have ordered a xray or two on your most problematic joint.

BTW, popping or cracking of joints is quite common in certain people and is not necessarily a sign of something negative. Pain on the other hand is the body's way of signaling a problem. If you aren't getting the help you feel you should from your current doctor, you might consider getting asecond opinion.
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