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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm still in limbo regarding which type of arthritis I have.  I don't know if it's RA or OA.  The doctors don't know either.  But I have a question about RA in the hands.  When you have RA, do all your finger joints have to be involved or can be it be just a few in each hand?  The same with toes? 
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   Posted 7/31/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry red, It can be just one joint usually symetrical on both hands or it may be more, depends on you. OA you usually get nodules rather than just swelling. Hope that helps, golitho

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   Posted 8/5/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry,
 I do remember being told there is a difference in the swelling of the fingers in OA and RA. I think RA has swelling in the 2 joints closest to the hand and never in the 3rd joint (near the finger nail).And I would agree with golith, the swelling will be a mirror image on each hand. Same with the toes. Joint problems in the fingers and the toes this is common in RA. I don't know about OA.
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   Posted 8/6/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry.  My experience with RA is that it tends to move around.  My pain depends on which joint I over use.  For instance, carring grocery plastic bags can really hurt my fingers.  They do swell and the pain can be pretty bad.  I slipped but did not fall recently and my knee and ankle swelled and I could not walk for two days.  My advise, get a new doc.  The right doc can tell which disease it is.  I do not show positive for RA according to one blood test, but, a combination of two other tests indicate RA.  And believe me I have it.  I hope you have OA as I think more can be done to treat it.  But, they are both very painful and it stinks.  If it is RA, you need to know ASAP to avoid perm damage to joints.  Good luck to you.
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