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debbie-b
05-08-2009, 07:25 AM
I have asked this question in a different thread, but didn't get a response.
Besides lupus and several other things, I was diagnosed with RA. After my x- rays the doc said that I have osteoarthritis in my neck and back, in my spine. My question is, how does he know that it is ostoe and not Ra in my spine? All I know is it is getting worse and if it keeps going down hill in this pace, I will be in a wheelchair soon.

Debbie

wrightrs
05-08-2009, 07:44 AM
I have asked this question in a different thread, but didn't get a response.
Besides lupus and several other things, I was diagnosed with RA. After my x- rays the doc said that I have osteoarthritis in my neck and back, in my spine. My question is, how does he know that it is ostoe and not Ra in my spine? All I know is it is getting worse and if it keeps going down hill in this pace, I will be in a wheelchair soon.

Debbie



I don't know how they know the difference. I think they can tell on the X Ray. Because when they look at mine they point it out to me on the x ray. They also go by how your joint look and feel.

I have been waiting a year for a wheelchair. My ins. is dragging there feet.

lucky7
05-08-2009, 11:17 AM
Im sorry Debbie, i dont know the answer to that either but i did want to say that youre in my HEART and my THOUGHTS. YOU WILL get through THIS. You are strong my friend:cute:

Saysusie
05-09-2009, 09:39 AM
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis. It is also called wear-and-tear arthritis. Weightbearing joints are the joints which are most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Most osteoarthritis patients have increased joint pain during activity, which is relieved with rest. This condition occurs as we age also.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the inflammation of a joint's connective tissues, such as the synovial membranes, which leads to the destruction of the articular cartilage. This disease progresses over time, and eventually other organs are affected as well.

Osteoarthritis more often affects the larger weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees; whereas rheumatoid arthritis more often affects the smaller joints of the hands, wrists and feet. The stiffness in osteoarthritis tends to be brief, lasting just a few minutes. In rheumatoid arthritis, the stiffness is worse after rest, such as the first thing in the morning, and often lasts at least 30 minutes or more. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis has a tendency to affect the knuckles and the wrists -- areas that are usually not affected by osteoarthritis.

In rheumatoid arthritis:
*The joint is swollen or red (suggesting that there is inflammation)
*The joint symptom is associated with systemic features such as fever, general fatigue or body stiffness lasting more than 10 to 15 minutes
* The Joints are affected on both sides, rather than one sided
* Special blood tests are positive for auto-antibodies that are often found in rheumatoid arthritis.

I hope that this helps clarify the difference between the two. Please let us know if you need any further information!

Peace and Blessings
Namaste
Saysusie

debbie-b
05-09-2009, 10:00 AM
Thank you Saysusie,

Isn't it great, I have both. I was just wondering how they can tell them apart on an x-ray. I guess it doesn't really matter, because both hurt like h... . But neither the pain in my hands, wrists, fingers, nor the pain in my back or neck get better with rest. It is a double whammy.

Debby

andie
05-09-2009, 08:35 PM
RA causes thickening of the synovial lining of the joints, and it causes a characteristic erosion of the joint, which looks different from Osteoarthritis in an x-ray. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is characterized by a narrowing of the space between the bones in the affected joints as cartilage is damaged, as well as the formation of osteophytes (bone spurs) The appearance of osteophytes on an x-ray is a clear indicator of osteoarthritis -- perhaps that's what your doctor saw.

wrightrs
05-09-2009, 10:35 PM
Hope your feeling better. I'm a member of the Arthritis Foundation and they send out a great magazine. It's called Arthritis Today. It much better than the Lupus mag.

debbie-b
05-10-2009, 11:16 AM
Thanks guys,

That really helps and I think it means that I have osteo in my back and neck, but RA in my hands fingers, wrists, elbows und hips. But I don't care what they call it, I wish it would go away. Since that wont happen, I will deal with it. Today I have one of my better days, a good day to be happy.

Debbie