How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

Big difference. Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minmal inflammation. Or tendon issues, ie. Rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis.".

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Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

See below. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your body including your joints. Osteoarthritis is not autoimmune and is what we call a "wear and tear" arthritis where the joints get damaged over time though things such as trauma to a joint tends to hasten the process. Read more...

How do gout and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

Very dfferent. Gout is an arthritis caused by urate crystals and usually involves the base of the big toe. Other joints can also be involved. Ra is an autoimmune disease usually characterized by generalized inflammation of large and small joints at the same time. There are numerous other differences. Read more...
See below. Gout is the result of high uric acid circulating in blood that deposits in a joint causing acute pain. This can be caused from a over production or an under excretion. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory auto-immune disease that affects multiple joints. A physician will examine you and test for these conditions if necessary. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

Can you please tell me how RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis differ?

Inflammation. A very long answer . I advice to google both disease , in the american college of rheumatology , the diference is clear cut. Read more...
OA vs. RA. Osteoarthritis is a mechanical alignment problem or a result of post-traumatic intra-articular malalignment. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, when the body's own host immune system starts to work against itself. Read more...

What distinguishes arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis?

None and all . There are more thar 140 types of arthrtis . Arthritis is a general name used to include all diseases that may affect the joints . Rheumatoid arthritis is a specific disease with well defined characteristic , one of the arthrititis. Read more...

Is this rheumatoid arthritis if anticcp?

Not necessarily. A lab test result is generally not a diagnosis. Anti-ccp would support a diagnosis if rheumatoid arthritis along with other diagnostic criteria. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. Read more...