R A and Osteoarthritis?
I am a 52 year old male. I was diagnose with RA about a year and half ago.
The feeling of stiffness in the morning and my hands feeling swollen were my first symptoms. Then for no reason at all the joint below my fourth right finger starting hurting, a lot. I could not shake hands with anyone because the slightest amount of pressure would cause a lot of pain. Well my Rhuemalologist prescribed methotrexate and diclofenac. That seem to work on limiting my joint pain but did nothing for the flu like symptoms. The fatigue I experience is intense. I usually have to take a 3-4 hour nap. Then after the fatigue comes the swelling of the hands and feet. Recently my left knee started hurting. Very painful to walk. So my Dr recommends an MRI. Results showed torn meniscus, bruised bone (femur), and deformity of that same bone. Apparently the cartilage had been eaten away on the inner third of my knee. I am now awaiting surgery to have a Partial Knee Replacement. RA makes old injuries pop up also. Back injury in 1988 suddenly popped up causing severe pain when I walked. I had surgery to reduce the disc between the 4th and 5th Lumbar vertebrate. They had to cut away some bone also to get to that disc. Problem solved for now. Biggest changes have been my hands and feet always feel like they're swollen. The fatigue is just so bad. I just awoke from a 3 hour nap. My girlfriend doesn't understand. She left to walk the dog without saying a word. Probably won't last long. My question is, is it possible to have both R A and Osteoarthritis? The knee problem seems like Osteoarthritis since it only affects part of the knee. RA normally affects the entire joint. Any help with that question would be greatly appreciated.