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Can arthritis start affecting different joints and sides at the same time?

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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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In brief: Yes

The two major types of arthritis are osteoarthritis or "wear and tear arthritis" and rheumatoid or "immune system arthritis".
If one has a weekend with extra physical activity then many joints may hurt from the "wear and tear". Rheumatoid and other immune system arthritides are due to an mis directed immune system and often flares up in multiple joints. [immune system arthritis=systemic arthritis.

In brief: Yes

The two major types of arthritis are osteoarthritis or "wear and tear arthritis" and rheumatoid or "immune system arthritis".
If one has a weekend with extra physical activity then many joints may hurt from the "wear and tear". Rheumatoid and other immune system arthritides are due to an mis directed immune system and often flares up in multiple joints. [immune system arthritis=systemic arthritis.
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