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Does Anyone Have Back Pain From RA?

Does Anyone Have Back Pain From RA?

I was wonder if anyone has back pain from RA? My doctor thinks RA doesn't cause back pain. I do have degenerative disc disease, but my lower back has been bothering everyday since my RA progressed. I didn't have pain in my back everyday before. I wake up with it and and lay in bed with it. Sometimes the pain is lighter than other days.To me it is too much of a coincidence that this back pain has progressed with my other RA symptoms.

A myRAteam Member said:

Yes, that's true. So many people think I'm fine because I look OK, but it truly is a systemic on-the-inside disease that can't be explained to someone who doesn't have it.

posted about 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

What I've always heard is that back pain and/or degeneration is not a direct result of RA, but that RA puts you at a greater risk for osteoarthritis (because of cartilage deterioration) which does cause back pain. So, my rheumatologist told me that many people with RA have OA and that can result in the back pain.

posted about 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have also noticed that it started with my hips and shoots up my spine

posted almost 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have had degenerative arthritis of the spine for over 35 years. Enbrel actually helped. My Rheumy said it doesn't affect the spine.....but my ortho said he wasn't surprised the Enbrel helped as it decreases inflammation.

edited, originally posted about 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I've had the pain in the butt too. Fortunately, my PCP believes that it's caused by hip pain that radiates to that area and has given me cortisone shots for it which help greatly.

posted about 7 years ago
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