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Newbee: RA and Back Pain

Hello! New to the group. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for five years, on chemo (Methotrexate), Planquinel and various supplements. Got off of pain meds, and trying to deal with the pain. Lower back, and muscle spasms, cause a lot of discomfort. MRI done last week, no spinal injury but possibly RA damage. I am wondering if it is Spinal Stenosis. The pain is awful.


  • TarenTTaren Posts: 525
    edited 04/18/2014 - 2:50 AM
    You dr will be able to tell you if you have spinal stenosis.
  • I could be wrong but I was under the impression Rheumatoid arthritis does no affect your lower back. I believe that would be psoriatic arthritis that affects your lower back. RA affects your upper neck.
    I could be wrong.
    alif l4-s1
  • RA is more common in the small joints. If RA is in your spine its more common in your cervical area verses your lumbar area. I, too, thought it was RA in my lower back but it is osteoarthritis according to my RA and PM. Psoriatic arthritis can affect your lumbar area...Kanike, do you have psoriasis?
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