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Has anyone had torn tissue caused by RA?

I am new to this site. I have not been diagnosed with RA yet however I have my first apt with a rheumatologist next month. I would like to know if anyone on this site has had torn tissue caused by RA. Currently both of my rotator cuffs are torn. I had one of them repaired but it tore again within 6months. I also had surgery this year for a torn meniscus, I believe it is torn again as well. Has anyone on this site experienced numerous tears without having had any injuries to cause them?


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  • ultrasnd
    1 month ago

    Dear Flutterbug:
    I am also new to rheumatoidarthritis.net, joining only about an hour ago. I did a search of “cause” on this forum and among others, thought I might respond to your post although not sure of any correlation. I had minor facial surgery including 5 vials of restylane (dermal filler) a little over a month ago. 5 days after surgery, I experienced extreme joint pain with general muscle fatigue. Lift knee, damaged in vietnam jumping from a chopper, right hip, and both shoulders. 95% of the pain was in my shoulders, the rest was very tolerable. Hard to even wash my hair, or put on or take off a t-shirt. Now, I did injure both rotator cuffs (twice) during the 50 years I’ve worked out so there is history there. But I always have managed the situation, until the tendinitis or minor tear healed and then went right back to working out. Had pain on level of 2 at best during those time. NOW, is a different story as both shoulders have a pain level of 10 and keep me awake at night and hard to function during the day. My doctor thinks I might have RA that was triggered by the 5 vials of dermal filler. I have read of some correlation
    between dermal fillers and RA. I think our similarities are only that my shoulders are my main pain points like you. I do plan to initiate a post of my own to see if others know what triggered (as apposed to cause) their RA.

  • David Advent moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi @flutterbug,

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been having troubles with connective tissues lately. While I’ve never torn my rotator cuff, I have noticed that both of my Achilles tendons often are in extreme pain, and this comes without prior injury. This also did not happen until I was diagnosed with RA. Ibuprofen and ice packs really help with my pain and swelling.

    I hope your appointment with your rheumatologist goes well. Thank you for reaching out and know that we are here for you!

    David (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)

  • Flutterbug author
    3 months ago

    Thank you so much for your response, the articles are very informative. I am anxiously awaiting my apt next month. Thank you

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Flutterbug. Sorry that you are having these difficulties, but it is good that you have sought out a place you can get information and support.

    RA can impact the connective tissues and this article from our contributor Andrew goes into more detail: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/attack-on-connective-tissues/.

    In addition, since you are preparing for your first appointment with a rheumatologist I thought you might be interested in this article on what to expect: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/what-to-expect-at-your-first-rheumatologist-appointment/. Also, this article looks at the diagnostic process: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/diagnosis/.

    Know that this community is here for you. Don’t hesitate to ask as additional questions come up. Wishing you the best. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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