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Rheumatoid arthritis cause back problems?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
Hi Everyone,

I'm curious if anyone has heard of rheumatoid arthritis causing back problems? I have RA and herniated my L5-S1 disc twice now with 2 surgeries. Post op 2 weeks now from second surgery. I've never had any problems before and found out I have RA about a year and a 1/2 ago. On lots of meds and its controlled now. Does anyone on here have RA and experienced any problems with their back?

Thanks so much,

Kelly
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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hey Kelly,
    Yes RA can be the cause of your spinal symptoms. I have severe osteoarthritis
    and it is indeed the root of my spinal degeneration. I have symptoms that are
    associated with RA but my "R" factor in my blood tests has not been high enough to determine I have RA. I have had two spinal surgeries and at this time I will have a minimum of two more in the near future. Just trying to put
    that off further down the road and not cause further permanent damage.
    Hope I could help answer your question, let me know if I can be any further help.
    Take care,
    Ranger
  • My Rheumatologist said that RA does not usually present itself in the spine, although it can happen. I asked him if my "severe facet arthropathy" in the L5 area was related to anything that he treats and he said no.

    Klynn and Ranger - are either one of you on prednisone? Just curious. I'm taking it for a "connective tissue disease" that my Rheumatologist treats.
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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hey Pepper,
    That is interesting Pepper, thanks for posting that. I am not on Prednisone
    and presently I'm not taking anything except Glucosamine/Chondroitin and
    Omega-3 fish oil. I was on some NSAID's for several years but then for some
    strange reason my liver enzymes went out of whack and I discontinued those
    meds. I was also on neurontin for a while but the side effects were affecting
    short term memory loss and making me very drowsy.
    I do have a brother-in-law on Methotrexate for RA with good results.
    Ranger
  • Thank you both for your replies! Pepper I was on medrol for many months which I'm told can cause hairline fractures in your spine , and cause lots of problems the longer your on steroids...that was one thing the dr looked at before another dr found out I herniated my disc. I am also on hydroxychloroquine and meloxicam . Stopped the medrol. I've always been Healthy and no problems until last yr when Diagnosed with RA so to have a herniated disc at my age seems strange and makes me wonder if it is related.
  • Thank you both for your replies! Pepper I was on medrol for many months which I'm told can cause hairline fractures in your spine , and cause lots of problems the longer your on steroids...that was one thing the dr looked at before another dr found out I herniated my disc. I am also on hydroxychloroquine and meloxicam . Stopped the medrol. I've always been Healthy and no problems until last yr when Diagnosed with RA so to have a herniated disc at my age seems strange and makes me wonder if it is related.
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  • Thank you both for your replies! Pepper I was on medrol for many months which I'm told can cause hairline fractures in your spine , and cause lots of problems the longer your on steroids...that was one thing the dr looked at before another dr found out I herniated my disc. I am also on hydroxychloroquine and meloxicam . Stopped the medrol. I've always been Healthy and no problems until last yr when Diagnosed with RA so to have a herniated disc at my age seems strange and makes me wonder if it is related.
  • Thank you both for your replies! Pepper I was on medrol for many months which I'm told can cause hairline fractures in your spine , and cause lots of problems the longer your on steroids...that was one thing the dr looked at before another dr found out I herniated my disc. I am also on hydroxychloroquine and meloxicam . Stopped the medrol. I've always been Healthy and no problems until last yr when Diagnosed with RA so to have a herniated disc at my age seems strange and makes me wonder if it is related.
  • Just wondering because you said at your age it seems strange to have a herniated disc.
  • sorry about all the prednisone posts! I'm trying to do this from my Cell phone and didn't think it posted!
  • I'm 34. I didn't have any fall that caused the herniation and do office work so thought it was strange.
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