Had xrays done last week on my spine..

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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
and it shows that i  have the beging of Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis in the neck. Thats what they told me..has any one been told this? and were they wrong? we no how lyme messes up every thing. Thanks,

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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kendall,

Just some thoughts.......How old are you? Osteoporosis is usually found in women. Those who have the beginnings of it should supplement with calcium. Your doctor can explain it to you.

Almost anyone over 50 has some osteoarthritis in their spine, or hands, or somewhere in their body. It can hurt, especially in damp or cold weather or when there are barimetric changes in weather (honestly not an old wives tale).

If you have the beginnings of rheumatoid arthritis see if you can get a blood workup by a rheumatologist and take your x-ray report with you.

Sure, when we have lyme it certainly can precipitate these things and make us feel sore - especially our backs and necks. Lyme loves bone and tissue - that is one thing we can be sure of.


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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks bcaring, I'm in my early 40's

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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Be careful of an RA diagnosis. Treatment is usually steroids which are not indicated for Lyme patients.

I went through this with a Rheumatologist who mis-diagnosed me with rhueumatoid arthritis. I was put on over 21 different medications and steroids. I had a very limited and compromised immune system and this RA dr. knocked it completely out.

It is my understanding that they can diagnose RA with blood work and a clinical presentation. My bloodwork for RA was negative and since the clinical presentations of RA and LD are very similar, this RA diagnosed me with RA.... even though I had a positive LD test and presented with LD symptoms.

Anyway, just be very careful and ask them to do the RA blood work-up. If you test negative, I would definitely pursue a 2nd opinion or the opinion of a Lyme literate doctor.

Hope this helps.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
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