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Does This Sound Like OsteoArthritis or RA?

BroderbundBBroderbund Posts: 2
edited 11/12/2015 - 3:43 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Hi –
While I’ve not been diagnosed with any particular type of arthritis at this point I would value any thoughts from this forum.
I’m 49 years old and in good health. I was diagnosed with Duyputrens Contracture earlier this year. Had a small nodule in my left pinky ---- had a procedure done and for the most part straightened the finger out.

also have what I understand are Heberden nodes on both pinkies on the DIP joint (joint next to the fingernail).
Recently I’ve been experiencing some minor swelling in stiffness in a few other finger joints. They are in the PIP joints (middle joints) of my middle finger on my left hand and the index and middle finger of my right hand.

Of primary concern is I’ve been experiencing a burning sensation and tenderness in my both palms. The sensation is located in the fleshy area beneath my thumb. While I thought it might be carpal tunnel I don’t have any wrist pain whatsoever.

On my own I had some blood work done. My CBC is completely normal, RA Factor is negative, SED Rate and CRP is normal and ANA is negative. I feel very good…no fatigue, weight loss, etc
Here are my questions…..

1) Assuming I have osteo in my hands (as evidenced by the Herbeden nodes) is it realistic I also have rheumatoid arthritis as well in my hands given the somewhat symmetric joints effected?

2) Any ideas as to the burning sensation in my palms? Is this typical of Osteo, RA, both?

3) Any additional thoughts…..?


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  • blossom77bblossom77 EnglandPosts: 50
    people can have both RA and OA, however RA is an inflammatory arthritis and your CRP would have been elevated as would an ESR. Fatigue and stiffness and symmetrical arthritis are the hallmarks of RA. There is a sero-negative RA that means your rheumatoid factor is normal however still have RA. With RA sufferers feel ill with it very tired and weak etc. Please note I'm not a medical professional. I can't diagnose. I have just tried to provide info based on my experiences. 
    I hope you get more answers very soon from your Dr's.
    take care
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