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Old 04-24-2004, 01:17 PM   #1
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How to differentiate arthritis pain from neuropathy pain?

Right now I am having pains in my right leg (ankle, tendon, calf and inner thigh area). Sometimes the pain can be like electric shocks, slight irritating aches and sometimes it can be like a muscle cramp in the calves area (esp. after walking a lot). When I am resting and at home, it usually does not bother me much. It is an internal type of pain. I don't know if it is arthritis or nerve related? I also have some pains in my arms/hands (esp. the left one) that sort of resembles the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but I don't know for sure.

Can a blood test tell if the pains are arthritis or neuropathy related?

 
Old 04-26-2004, 08:44 AM   #2
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Re: How to differentiate arthritis pain from neuropathy pain?

Your leg pain from the sound of it could be nerve pain related to osteoarthritis
If you have hypertrophied facet joints (ie extra bone) in your lower spine the extra bone can compress the nerves as they leave the lateral recesses and give sciatica like symptoms.
An MRI would confirm this .
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Old 04-30-2004, 05:34 PM   #3
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Re: How to differentiate arthritis pain from neuropathy pain?

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Originally Posted by zoron
Right now I am having pains in my right leg (ankle, tendon, calf and inner thigh area). Sometimes the pain can be like electric shocks, slight irritating aches and sometimes it can be like a muscle cramp in the calves area (esp. after walking a lot). When I am resting and at home, it usually does not bother me much. It is an internal type of pain. I don't know if it is arthritis or nerve related? I also have some pains in my arms/hands (esp. the left one) that sort of resembles the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but I don't know for sure.

Can a blood test tell if the pains are arthritis or neuropathy related?
No.
Guess work generally dosen't work. You need to see a Dr. to tell you why you are haveing the pains.

Your problem could be any number of things and only a Dr can order the proper tests (MRI, CT scans or X-rays and yes if it's not OA then blood tests can also help disscover the problem)

I do know someone how had sharp pain in her inner theighs.. worse when she tried to lay flat. After a year or so it got worse and her leg began drawing upward and she had to have her hip relplaced.

I have both Pheripherial Neuropathy in my limbs includeing my legs (PN) and Osteoarthritis (OA) in both knees and my entire spine (shrinking discs, disentagreating facet joints and spurs all over).. and I don't have the specific pains you mentioned so it doesn't sound like either one to me.
My OA and my PN are totally unrelated.
I've had the PN since late '92 but the OA only began about '99 and wasn't bad till last year and it has esculated very quickly since then.

Your description is nothing at all like osteoarthritis (which I have).
However, there are other types of arthritis. All arthritis involves pain in joints for sure. If you have no joint pains then it's probably not a type of arthritis. An X-ray will show osteoarthritis very clearly.

It's also not the way my form of Pheripherial Neuropathy is. It is not something that is NOT hap-hazard. It does not come and go. It's there 24/7.
However there are diff types of Neuropathy. Neuropathy is NOT a disease. It's simply a medical catch-all word to describe a catagory of symptoms. If your Dr says it's neuropathy..then you must still find the CAUSE of the neuropathy.

Your wrist problem can be something entirely different from your leg problem. I have a wrist problem NOT related to my PN or OA. My wrist problem is a tendon problem called de Quervain's Tendonitis.

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