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Can you have RA and osteoarthritis?

Hi. I’m new to the group. I am having horrible fatigue and severe hand and finger joint pain. I have an apt on the 30th. My question is, – I have had for years what I believed was osteoarthritis in my right hand and other areas. But now …..i’m having terrible pain in my non dominant hand as well. I am soooo tired I can’t see straight and I KNOW something is not right. Can you have both arthritis’s? 🙁

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  • Kimberly
    4 months ago

    These two arthritis’ just love each other

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    7 months ago

    @Valjoy It’s certinaly possible and can make things very difficult to separate. The best thing you can do is try to keep a pain journal, of what hurts where and after doing what activities. You might be able to discern which is what and how to avoid it. Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

  • Mike8087
    7 months ago

    I have RA and osteoarthritis.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi Valjoy. Sorry you are experiencing these pains. The short answer to your question is, yes, a person can (and many do) have RA and osteoarthritis. This article from one of our contributors discusses her experience with both:

    You mention an appointment on the 30th. Is that with a rheumatologist? If so, this article discusses what to expect from your first appointment: In addition, you might be interested in this article on questions for the doctor: Hoping you find some answers soon, Know that you are welcome here for information and support. Best, Richard ( Team)

  • pearson0501
    9 months ago

    Hi Valjoy, yes you can. I have them both. Good luck.

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