Full if questions yep thats me! So i have never had the redness or puffy fingers or joints. I have an aching, burning pain in all fingers with the stiffness if i stop moving, and i get specific spots on joints that are extremely painful and feel like they are bigger than before. Is that a normalcy wih ra or is that more of an osteo? Im on my 3 rd one that is now doing this. Seems too fast to be osteo?
@A myRAteam Member I just read your story and it looks like you are RF negative. You can have RA with negative blood work. You can also have psoriatic arthritis, which is like RA, but also has other tendon issues. You may want to discuss this possibility with your rheumatologist because of your fingers. Mine is closed to convinced I have PsA rather than RA. The treatment is essentially the same, though.
My doctor told me if the joint in your fingers that hurts is the top joint (the one next to your nail) that is OA. If it is the other joints then it's most probably Rheumatoid Disease.
I dont know about osteoporosis. But with RA it's all of the above. Pain, redness, swelling, tingling, burning, aching... I would check with your doc to see what's up. Hugs
Sounds like RA to me. I have really screwed up fingers, knuckles, and wrists. Been at this many years though. I hope progression is really slow for you.
@A myRAteam Member My rheumy, although young and I would think most up-do-date on RA info, is still stuck on what I believe are "old school" diagnostic methods for RA: Should involve both sides, must be swelling, over time there must be deformity...etc. From what I read on reputable sites (i.e. Mayo Clinic) many of the things I'm being told are no longer considered necessary for an RA diagnosis. If you do an online search for pictures of RA, most show grossly deformed hands, but every so often, there's a picture of what appears to be a perfectly normal looking hand. I'm distressed at my rheumy's criteria for RA but she is giving me the DMARDS ( methotrexate & sulfasalazine) that are helping me so I'm trying to give her leeway in her philosophical approach to RA.
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