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How do symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis differ from symptoms from osteoarthritis?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Different process

Your RA and SLE are inflammatory.
Osteoarthritis is more wear and tear and mechanical. Early inflammatory joints such as the knee do better with usage but osteoarthritis does worse with usage. Osteoarthritis has enlarge bones causing the swelling (but can have fluid) and inflammatory arthritis has swollen soft tissue. Medications like NSAIDs work in both, not methotrexate & cortisone

In brief: Different process

Your RA and SLE are inflammatory.
Osteoarthritis is more wear and tear and mechanical. Early inflammatory joints such as the knee do better with usage but osteoarthritis does worse with usage. Osteoarthritis has enlarge bones causing the swelling (but can have fluid) and inflammatory arthritis has swollen soft tissue. Medications like NSAIDs work in both, not methotrexate & cortisone
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Dr. Philip Meadow
Agree.Morning pain and morning stiffness are hallmarks of inflammatory joint disease because the body is less active at night allowing infammatory substances to a accumulate .
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