Like RA, mine is symmetrical and migratory. While I have some minor swelling, my joints don't get red or warm. Also unlike RA, it's mostly in the larger joints - hips, knees, shoulders, knees and SI joints. RA most often starts in the small joints, such as the hands.
My autoimmune-related arthritis started years before the UC symptoms, and in the years since I've also developed some normal OA associated with aging. I can tell you the pain is very different. My AI makes the joints feel inflamed - they feel like they should be hot, even if they aren't when I put my hand on them. The pain is sharper and more pulsing. The OA is more of a constant ache.
You may well have the arthritis associated with UC, which is neither RA precisely nor OA. I hope you're able to find relief from the pain, and remember to stay active and stretch to prevent stiffness and loss of joint range.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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