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Posted by Pat B on May 19, 2000 at 02:57:08:

In Reply to: OA in knees posted by mic on May 18, 2000 at 10:01:17:

: I was diagnosed with OA in both my knees by an Orthopedic proffessor 7 years ago after having x-rays, CT and bone density test. Now after moving to this country a Rheumatologist i went to said i don`t have anything wrong in my knees (after doing x-ray) and he doesn`t know why i have pain. My knees are in pain- have been for 12 years now. Now that this doctor gave me a med (IC Etodolac) for the pain it`s much much better but still "attacks" from time to time and when it does- i can`t stand or walk (The pain is right in the middle of the knee).
: If there`s nothing wrong- how come i suffer so much?!
: Can they diagnose or -dismiss diagnosis only by doing x-rays?
: Should I ask for other tests and if so which?
: I have to find out what`s going on in there!

Just what type of x-ray did he do? A regular x-ray won't show tendon involvement like an MRI would. Maybe the type of arthritis is the quesion instead of whether you have arthritis or not? I don't think OA would come and go. OA is from tearing down the joints and once the damage is there it stays there. That is my uninformed opinion about OA. There are over a hundred different types of arthritis. Sometimes what you eat can trigger pain. Stress can take away the bodies time spent fighting the arthritis so you feel more pain when your body has to spend time fighting stress. Have you read about Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms or even psoriactic arthritis? Ever had any skin conditions? Then look into PA. There is a blood factor for RA but you could have RA and test negative. Regardless if you are in pain you KNOW you are in pain.

Yahoo has a doctor search where you can ask for Rheumatoloists starting the st from closest to where you live and listing the frther away. It also might tell if they take your insurance. Just an extra thought of something to look into.

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