Welcome!! Sorry to hear of your joint issues.
As you probably know from your great research, there are over 100 types of Arthritis.
We are not medical profs and don't see your test results, so we just try to guide a person
through research and our own experiences, not diagnose.
From what you have written(excellent work), you probably do not have RA(IMO). It may be
wear and tear or injury from sports(weight lifting,etc)/intensive manual work, as you mentioned
possibly resulting in OA. You could have another condition, of course. Does any of your family members have OA or similar symptoms that they have mentioned??
After being dxd. with severe RA at 24, I pushed through years of pain and inflammation raising my little ones, my Hubby and the pets plus doing much of the household work and social activities. I was
always low to normal weight. I wasn't nice to my joints usually, so I ended up with Osteoarthritis at around age 46. Mind you, My Dad had RA at 68 and my Mom has OA since about
age 72, so I probably would have gotten OA anyways. I mean not to offend others but I think I'd do much better with Osteoarthritis than RA.
"Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease whose main characteristic
is persistent joint inflammation that results in joint damage and loss of function."
"An estimated 27 million Americans age 25 and older have osteoarthritis. Although osteoarthritis becomes more common with age, younger people can develop it, usually as the result of a joint injury, a joint malformation, or a genetic defect in joint cartilage. Before age 45, more men than women have osteoarthritis; after age 45, it is more common in women. It is also more likely to occur in people who are overweight and in those with jobs that stress particular joints.
The Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis
• Stiffness in a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time
• Swelling in one or more joints
• Crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing on bone
a third of people whose x rays show evidence of osteoarthritis report pain or other symptoms. For those who experience steady or intermittent pain, it is typically aggravated by activity and relieved by rest.
If you feel hot or your skin turns red, or if your joint pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as a rash or fevers, you probably do not have osteoarthritis."
Hopefully you will find your answers at the Orthopedic Specialist. Please let us know how that goes.
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