A 48-year-old member asked:
what is the side effect of both rheumatic and osteoarthriritis?
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Dr. Edward Neilsen answered
18 years experience Family Medicine
Limited or systemic?: Osteoarthritis is wear and tear on specific joints. This is common in the hands, knees, shoulder, hips, etc - joints that have been used a lot. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic (whole body) inflammation that can affect many joints and can even give symptoms like fever, weakness, or fatigue - not just localized pain.
Answered on Feb 2, 2017
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