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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  • Daniel Malito moderator
    1 month 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
    1 month ago

    I have RA and osteoarthritis.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 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: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/separating-age/.

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

  • pearson0501
    3 months ago

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

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