Originally Posted by sminolympia
I have severe osteo in both knees that started when I was about 12....I am now 34 and have been battling this for a long time...I'm trying to hold off on bi-lateral replacements until next summer...In the last month or so, my hands of suddenly began to go awry on me
When I wake up, they are very sore and painful..The base joints of my thumbs are looking enlarged and stay very painful throughout the day....My rheumy has ran my blood work and taken xrays...I don't see him for another week or so, but I picked up a copy of my labs and everything is normal....I don't know what the xrays are going to show, but I'm wondering if it is possible to have RA with negative blood tests?
Happy New Year!
It is possible to have rheumatoid that doesn't show up on bloodwork, but with your history of long term osteo, it is probably a nasty flare of that. I assume you are on anti-inflammatories-have you considered that your medication may have stopped working? I have been on almost everything on the market over the years and after a year or two they all quit and I have to start a new one.
Your doctor probably has you on something prescription, so try a switch to Motrin or advil for a couple of days and see if it helps. If so, you can just change prescriptions.
With winter weather and the stress of the holidays, we all have more issues. In your hands, osteo usually hits the last two joints and the base of the thumb worst. Trust me to know-I am sitting here typing one-handed right now while I ice the thumb that just had surgery due to bone-on-bone arthritis. Rheumatoid tends to hit the knuckles and the middle joints first and usually not the last joints. I don't have rheumatoid, but I do have a different inflammatory arthritis as well, so I deal with both.
Hang in there and try not to get yourself upset by what is most likely a slim possibility. I wish you well with your appointment and with you upcoming replacements. I have two partial knees and count them a great blessing.