A 43-year-old female asked:
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im 43. i have a knee replacement and now problems with my shoulder. strong osteoarthritis. also ra. it is normal at my age?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
See details: If your RA is uncontrolled, early and significant joint damage can occur. Are you under the care of a rheumatologist? Also, previous trauma to a joint may cause earlier and more significant osteoarthritic changes.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Scott Hacker
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No it is not: Most people, at 43, do not have osteoarthritis - a wear and tear condition. Rheumatoid arthritis, however, is a condition where the body attacks its own joints leading to damage. This should be followed by a rheumatologist carefully. Most osteoarthritis appears later in one's 60's and 70's.
Answered on Feb 7, 2014
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