Saturday, March 28, 2009 Gunner, Community Member, asks

Q: Can a person have osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis at the same time?

I was told 2 years ago by my orthopedic surgeon that I have osteoarthritis in both knees.  He wants to do a total knee replacement on one knee.  I have put it off.  He has since diagnosed me with Carple Tunnel Syndrome and Ulnar nerve problems at both elbows.  In the past 2 years I continue to get worse.  I have extreme joint pain in all joints now, without swelling.  This pain last all day and at night I'm waking with this pain.  I recently went to a Rheumatologist and he suspects Rheumatoid Arthritis and is running all the blood work, x-rays, etc.  I'm waiting on my results.

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Jessielee72, Community Member
2/15/12 2:19pm

Hello, I was just diagnosed today with Osteoarthritis along with the Rheumatoid Arthritis that I have had.  I know it has been since 2009 when you posted this but I wanted to respond anyway.  I am 39 years old and the pain in my back gets so bad sometimes I want to throw up.  I can tell you that the pain of RA is not good, but the pain of both together is ridiculous.  My doctor said the the primary pain in my back, knees, and hips were mostly osteo due to wear and tear.  I can honestly tell you that  I can almost tell the difference between the two, with mine anyway (everyone is different)  I have arthritis in every joint of my body including my face.  I was also told knee replacements may be in my future so yes you can have both.

 

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Hey you, Community Member
6/22/12 4:13am

I am 63 and had one total knee replaced in 2005 since that time (2006) I fell and broke 2 bones in the ankel on my other leg. It feels like every joint in my body hurts. I have had polio twice. Both kinds at 2 different times. I sleep with a CPAP at night. I feel like a train  speeding down the rails waiting to derail.Help

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Hey you, Community Member
6/22/12 4:03am

Can you have osteoarthritis and theumatoid arthritis at the same time?

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By Gunner, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/22/12, First Published: 03/28/09