Home Health Conditions Rheumatoid Arthritis or OsteoArthritis ?

Rheumatoid Arthritis or OsteoArthritis ?

It is a common question. Do I have Osteo or Rheumatoid Arthritis ?

What can Help

At the early stages of both diseases this can be a bit harder to self-diagnose but there are a few key indicators:

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis generally starts in smaller joints like knuckles and toes joints.
  2. Osteoarthritis often starts in heavy usage joints such as knee, elbow, and shoulders.
  3. Both types of Arthritis lead to patient fatigue although for different reasons.
  4. Both benefit from a healthy diet.
  5. Both benefit from exercise.
  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis has ‘hot’ joints whereas Osteoarthritis generally only feels hot after over-use of the joints.
  7. Ostreo Arthritis generally feels worse the more you use the affected Joint but can feel the best first thing in the morning before you get out of bed.
  8. Because Rheumatoid Arthritis is an Auto Immune based condition it is much less affected by joint usage and therefore mornings are not necessarily good.
  9. Rheumatoid Nodules are unique only to Rheumatoid Arthritis and are a fairly positive indication of the condition.

Consult your family doctor to confirm any self-diagnosis as well as treatment.