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I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis. How can I tell what is causing the pain?

I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis. How can I tell what is causing the pain?

Depends on location.: Fibromyalgia is most likely to be the cause of muscle pain and tightness . Rheumatoid arthritis mainly causes pain dircctly in the joints +- swelling and also can cause tendonitis pain (tendons connect muscle to bone). ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...Read more


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How can you tell the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in the absence of conclusive lab data?

How can you tell the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in the absence of conclusive lab data?

Polyarticular...many: Rheumatoid is an inflammatory disease of the joint lining causing signs and symptoms of warmth/swelling/redness, typically affects many joints (polyarticular), usually both sides of the body (same joints), common in small joints of the hands except the distal joints of the fingers, typically marked morning stiffness of joints and muscles, no history of joint injury (trauma) to explain the pain... ...Read more

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What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

Different arthritis: There are over 100-150 different types of arthritis, maybe more. These are two separate types of arthritis. Rheumatoid is an inflammatory type of arthritis, with inflammation in the joints and actually in other areas of the body. Inflammation has leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, capillary dilatation, and pain. Osteoarthritis is more like wear and tear arthritis - mechanical type ...Read more

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Do hands get osteoarthritis or just rheumatoid?

Do hands get osteoarthritis or just rheumatoid?

Both: The hands can be afeected by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Rheumatoid typically affects the joints we call the mcps and pips while osteoarthritis affects the pips and dips. Some patients can have both forms of arthritis at the same time. ...Read more

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Can you have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

RA vs. OA: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder while osteoarthritis is a degenerative/wear and tear condition. The two conditions can coexist especially in the hip and knee. ...Read more

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Can I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis at the same time?

Possible: It is possible to have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis at the same time.Your knee may be affected by rheumatoid arthritis but your spine may have degenerative changes. Clinical findings in RA differ enough from osteoarthritis that the diagnosis is usually readily made. Most people with aging have osteoarthritis. Ra is systemic autoimmune disease affecting multiple small and large jts. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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