OA vs Rheumatoid arthritis - page 2

Lately I have been curious regarding the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis I noticed that a lot of my patients are diagnosed with OA rarely anyone is thought to have RA, I... Read More

  1. by   psu_213
    Quote from Blackheartednurse
    and then you have the famous third form of RA, such as fibromyalgia which I always thought more of as a "muscle" disease rather than a type of RA, which can affect the chest, low back, arms, hips, tighs and neck and which may require different type of treatment drugs
    Quite simply, the generic term arthritis is from Greek roots and means joint inflammation. A fairly common "third" form is gout (gouty arthritis). Arthritis can also be caused by infection of a joint (septic arthritis). Although I sometimes hesitate to use wikipedia as a source, they do have a fairly comprehensive list of the types/causes of arthritis:

  2. by   khotso mayelane
    RA is an autoimmune disorder affect mainly the joint usual bilateral starting with joints of hand and feet to big joints NSAID's are of choice for treatment
  3. by   lglavish
    I was diagnosed with severe sero positive Rheumatoid Arthritis in April of 2010. Although I started methotrexate the day I was diagnosed within 3 months I could not walk, stand, dress myself or even roll over in bed without assistance. The pain was unbelievable. I now take Enbrel, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, and low dose prednisone to keep this horrible disease controlled.

    OA & RA are completely different and I found out (the hard way) how frustrating it is to have this disease of systemic inflammation downplayed in seriousness because of the word 'arthritis'.

    The following article from The Rheumatologist helps explain what RA patients have to deal with.

  4. by   diva rn
    I have been tested multiple times for RA because of the severe joint pain and extreme degeneration I have had at a relatively young age...the tests were usually inconclusive for RA, a high sed rate and high c reactive protein but a negative RA...I have subsequently had both hips and both knees replaced...I still have very severe joint but but I am on several NSAIDS. I have, however, also been diagnosed with another autoimmune disease which can affect the joints, Sarcoidosis. It runs the realm of so mild no one even knows it's there--to incapacitation...it can go into remission and exacerbation. It primarily affects the lungs but can affect every organ in the body...especially the kidneys, liver and the joints. I had to go on methotrexate about 6 years ago for about 1 year and it did go into remisson. So it is hard to tell on a daily basis if the pain I have is the OA or a return of the sarcoid....

    and I also was diagnosed with fibromyaglia years and years ago...before it was the "in" diagnosis......I was on the original FDA trial study for Lyrica...phase 3....back in 1995 before they released it to the public....

    To the OP....and NO...Fibromyalgia is NOT a form of rheumatoid arthritis.....it's thought to be more of a sleep disorder mixed with depression.....two of the popular treatments are Cymbalta and Savella. They are SNRIs (anti depressants) and are prescribed with a sleep medication. The Lyrica is pregabalin, it's related to Neurontin...more of an antiseizure med...none of these would be prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis.