How can you tell if pain is from OA or RA?

How can you tell if pain is from OA or RA?

I was recently diagnosed with RA and was taking Methotrexate for 3 months with little effect - except mouth sores and thinning hair. I also have pain across both insteps and ankles but my doc only seems interested in toes and hands. She now wants to switch to Leflunomide, but I'm reluctant to take it.
I feel my ankle pain is from OA. Do other people have these same problems? And which meds do you take for it?

A myRAteam Member said:

To Devon, Trust me, once you get joint damage, you’ll take just about anything to stop the pain. You don’t want the joint damage. I hope people on here weigh in with advice for you.

edited, originally posted 8 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

RA and are very different, medication for RA won't help the OA. The pain with OA in my experience often doesn't come with the inflammation that RA has. Because OA is associated with wear and tear you often get sharp pain in the joints. The fatigue is the same, flares of inflammation can be treated with NSAIDS, usually with good effect. There is no real answer from medication you just treat the symptoms. However, exercise, weight and psychology all have their place. I use mindfulness, pain relief when needed ranging from Paracetamol tomTramadol. I swim and walk when a I can and I rest when I can't, I always try to do something. Worst case scenario is joint replacements. I'm not there yet. The rheumatologist is not the only health professional who can help. Talk to your General Practitioner and look at the Chronic pain support groups. This is my life and I've been through the Rheumatologist Neuro team etc and the decided to come off my meds to see what difference it would make. Gues what ...... Very little change. Sometimes acceptance is the key.........So I am learning to live with my symptoms. Good luck to you on your quest.

posted over 2 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Acetaminophen is all I can take

posted about 2 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

The upside is the cirrhosis put my RA in remission.

posted 7 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I got cirrhosis from Methotrexate.

posted 8 months ago
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