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Old 09-05-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Do I have RA?

I'm 17 years old and a senior in high school. I'm in the band and marching band and play clarinet, tenor, and flute.

Several months ago I went to the orthopedic for wrist pain and they would crack when I twisted them and he said I have tendinitis in both my wrists and gave me some medicine and left it at that.

A couple months ago, I felt like the medicine stopped working and I was starting to feel pain all over. I would be stiff in the morning and my knuckles would be so swollen I couldn't put rings on. It hurt my knees to go up and down stairs and my ankles to walk up slopes.

Now, it has gotten really bad though. I am practicing for my audition for all-state band and I can not hold my clarinet with out a neckstrap (extremely embarrassing). And even with a neckstrap my wrists will progressively start to ache and will spread up my arms. When I play my technical piece my knuckles hurt.

My knees and ankles hurt a lot, especially during matching practice and it seems on rainy days that they tend to hurt and crack more

So is this arthritis? Tendinitis? A combination of the two? Im actually going to the rhuematologist in two weeks to get this checked out but I'm really nervous.

 
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have RA?

You need a complete symptom review by your Primary Care Physician/Internal Med, Orthopedic Surgeon, Physical Therapists and possibly a Rheumatologist. There may be tests like x-rays and blood tests.

Tendinitis and bursitis can be very difficult to treat as frequently they are due to repeated overuse of a part of the body, not using the right body mechanics, etc.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:51 PM   #3
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Re: Do I have RA?

Thank you, and yes I know I need to get tests done, but I was looking for was more of a confirmation that RA is a possibility or not

 
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Unfortunately no way to tell without testing. Could he RA, could be osteoarthritis, could be over use or chronic tendinitis /bursitis or many other possibilities. Scary I know, but forge ahead and push for careful testing and diagnosis.
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