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Arthritis board

The most common cause of inflammatory arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis but there's also palindromic, polymyalgia rheumatica, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s Syndrome, psoriatic arthritis and arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease. (among others)

There are so many different disorders that doctors can be squeamish about dx RA in it's early stages. Most of the time however, it is RA.

Make sure, despite the generic diagnosis, that you are getting treated with a disease modifying drug, a DMARD, like one of these: methotrexate, arava, plaquenil, minocin, enbrel, humira, remicade, orencia or rituxan. That way you're covered if it's RA or not.

Osteoarthritis is "wear n' tear" arthritis and is not inflammatory or autoimmune.
I was forst diagnosed with inflammatory back pain or inflammatory arthritis before I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was diagnosed earlier this year ( after trying and pushing for the A.S. diagnoses.) I am also frustrated with what little info I get from my Rheumatologist. It's hard to get info on the internet if you don't even know what questions to ask. I feel like I'm starting to get a handle on it. I am someone who really likes to know what I'm dealing with, but the info seems to be really basic or in doctors terms. I feel like I'm getting pretty good at deciphering the technical jargon. I'm still trying to figure out what role the rheumy plays vs my primary care and spinal doctor. the rheumy is so hard to get in touch with. Am I supposed to call him about flareups and that my Methotrexate isn't really doing it's job, or do I just wait for my appointment. I'm rambling. Sorry.