Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid?

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ozarker
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   Posted 2/16/2016 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there much difference between Osteoarthrtis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? Are the symptoms different? And what about the tests for diagnosis?
Diagnosed with MS 2001. Fibromyalgia, Graves Disease, IBS, Gastritis, Spondylosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sjogrens, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis, Costochondritis. All the autoimmune diseases are attacking me. Taking the minimum of medications.

Don_D
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   Posted 2/16/2016 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ozarker, yes there are many distinct differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis the main one being that osteo is due to normal wear on the joint while RA is caused by an immune system reaction that causes the body to attack the joints.

RA can be tested for by looking at a few blood test markers. RA factor is probably the tell tale sign of classic RA but many people test negative for this while having high SED rates and C reactive proteins. These too can indicate RA. This is called sero negative RA.

To my knowledge osteo mainly affects the small finger joints initially and most severely. I am not aware of any tests that can be run for it but someone else may be able to clarify that one.

Post Edited (Don_D) : 2/16/2016 2:42:08 PM (GMT-7)


ozarker
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   Posted 2/16/2016 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Don. I have osteoarthritis, among other things.
Diagnosed with MS 2001. Fibromyalgia, Graves Disease, IBS, Gastritis, Spondylosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sjogrens, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis, Costochondritis. All the autoimmune diseases are attacking me. Taking the minimum of medications.

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   Posted 2/16/2016 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Im sorry to hear that ozarker. I knew someone who had it pretty severely in her fingers and it was a real challenge for her at times. Heat really helps me with RA when I have a flare up. There are some mitts you can purchase off of amazon that heat up and might help along with some pressure gloves. I use these as well now and then and they help. Here is a link to the hand mitts. Can't do much with them on. I try to just relax a bit when I use them.

www.amazon.com/Conair-True-Heated-Beauty-Mitts/dp/B00DO441JA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1455661264&sr=8-3&keywords=heated+mitts

ozarker
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   Posted 2/16/2016 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again Don. It's terribly painful. I'll check Amazon.
Diagnosed with MS 2001. Fibromyalgia, Graves Disease, IBS, Gastritis, Spondylosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sjogrens, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis, Costochondritis. All the autoimmune diseases are attacking me. Taking the minimum of medications.

Alice22
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   Posted 2/24/2016 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Another difference is that with RA the joints affected are symmetrical (both feet, both hands, both shoulders, etc. ) whereas with osteoarthritis that isn't the case necessarily. Ask your doctor for the RF Factor blood test which will tell you if you have RA.
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david222
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   Posted 3/17/2016 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Would you say this is Rheumatoid Arthritis or "Just" Orto ?

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jujub
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   Posted 3/18/2016 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
You likely have some osteoarthritis combined with traumatic arthritis, which can be a result of injury or surgery.
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david222
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   Posted 3/19/2016 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks jujub for info.
There was graduating pains most of my life but more significant in 2005 starting with my ulna nerves and then spread from there. In 2010 it really spread. By now The pain really limits me. It is getting worse and worse. What does a person do when they see a freight train like this coming?
I am seeing a new neurologist who referred me to Ortho and they are referring me to physical therapy. The otho guy gave me a prescription for a compound that has 6 different meds in it; baclofen, Neurontin, another like baclofen and 3 others. He may next give me a shot and then MAYBE surgery later. He mainly is focusing on my shoulders.
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