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Old 09-06-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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Question Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

I'm 46 and have osteo, my finger joints are deformed (moreso than my 80 yr old mothers)......I also have trigger thumb. X Rays say that my arthritis is "not significant" and my blood work shows no RA Factor although I did have a positive ANA.

Does osteo cause deformed joints or is that only RA?

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Old 09-09-2005, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

Hi.....MaryG1959......My name is Karen and I happen to see your post. on
my way to hip and joint replacement board. The joints on most of fingers
on both hands have large nodules on them. They are a form of osteoarthritis
that I inherited from my mother. The nodes can form at the first joint of the
fingers or the knuckle joint. One is called a Bouchard node and the other one
is called Heberden node. My spelling is not on point but close. Females us-
ually suffer from this . My fingers often hurt and burn. I take extra calcium
plus omega 3 fatty oil and glucosomine chondriitin...Hope this helps

Old 09-12-2005, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?


So you have osteo? Do the supplements help? Do you have arthritis elsewhere or is it just in your hands?

I'm still not so sure I have osteo. I ache so bad at times I feel as if I cannot walk up the stairs. Right now I'm at work (SHHH DON"T TELL!) And I'm so tired I could lay my head on my keyboard and go to sleep I don't sleep well at night. I am going to get cortisone shots in my thumb (trigger thumb/finger) and in my elbow (tennis elbow from all the tennis I NEVER play!).......My feet and hands bother me the most but it is all over.

Old 09-12-2005, 04:22 PM   #4
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

My husband's grandmother has OA only in her fingers . She's 84 and has had OA there since her 30's. Her finger joints are deformed but really the only thing she can't do anymore is play golf because she can't hold the club steady enough. She takes one or two Aleve every day. the only time she has a problem is when her hands get too cold.


Old 09-12-2005, 06:10 PM   #5
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MaryG1959 HB User
Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

My mother is 80, she has arthritis but my fingers are more crooked than can barely tell she has arthritis. My index finger (in particular) is very bent. Has a bump at the joint and the finger is turning inward. I'm 46.....

Old 09-13-2005, 12:11 AM   #6
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

Hi Mary.....Yes, I have osteoarthritis pretty much all over my body. My mother had it but not as severe and mine came on at a much younger age.
I started experiencing problems with my spine in my thirty's and sciatic prob-
lems. I started ballet when I was five and pretty much have danced profes-
sionaly and for my own enjoyment until last year when my hip was so bad I
had to stop. I am 61 years old so there has been a lot of wear and tear on
my joints. My joints in my feet as well as my fingers are large and stiff. My
toes do not hurt but my fingers definitelky ache and burn. I can do most
anything with my hands but much of my strength is gone. I have never
experienced the tired feeling that you are however. Maybe you should look
into the board here on fibromylagie or speak with your doc about it. Let
me know what you find out can have a combination of fibro and osteo
and chroinic fatigue....just guessing but sometimes you are your own best
doctor since you are the one that is living in your body......Karen

Old 09-13-2005, 05:12 AM   #7
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MaryG1959 HB User
Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

Ballet? Wow I'm envious, I've never found a "physical" activity that I'm particularly interested in. Exercise is a chore for me. I'd rather be refinishing furniture, painting a room or some sort of craft project.

As far as Doctors go, I think my Rheumatologist is good, at least I like her and think that she is "on the ball"---I'm not a fan of the profession though and feel that a lot of times they "blow you off".....

I'll look into the fibromyalgia.



Old 09-20-2005, 06:49 AM   #8
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause deformed joints?

Apperanace of nodes on the finger joints is well documented. I, however, was
diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the three joints that comprise both of my ankles and boy, are they a mess. My ankles are truly deformed looking. The
osteophytes on the edges of the joints are working overtime producing more bone. (spurs?). Sometimes these break off and form loose bodies. I've had three of these removed from my right ankle because they were irritating some
tendons and causing repeated tendonitis. I don't have this happening anywhere else. Sorry this was so long winded. I hope I have helped.

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