Fibro Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by aka1977, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. aka1977

    aka1977 New Member

    Hi Everybody.

    I have a question. I was diagnosed with Thyroid since 8, Depresson 2000, and Fibro July/2001. I've continually gotten worse with the Fibro, but for the longest time now I'm wondering if it could be RA. I'm even more tried thatn usual, I have pain really bad in my hips, knees, and legs, alomost to were I don't want to sit or stand, but when sitting and I get up I could nearly fall because I just hurt. My hands has also been painful to. I know what my Fibro ppain feels like, but this feels different.

    Is it possible to have both Fibro & RA, and if so how is RA diagnosed, and what are treatments.


    Thanks,
    Amy
  2. pam112361

    pam112361 New Member

    Amy,

    I have the same problem. My joints don't show the typical RA swelling or disfigurement but they hurt and are terribly stiff. My doctor and I are working on arthritis meds/pain meds to see what will help.

    So I would say, yes, you can have bad joint pain and stiffness with fibro.

    Best Wishes!
    Pam
  3. janieb

    janieb New Member

    Hi,

    I've had fibro for about 15 years. My specialist is a rheumolotogist? In the last two months, I've had severe pain in my shoulder and find shopping almost impossible because of the pain in my hips.

    I saw her recently and had x-rays done. My problem is plain old arthritis in my spine and shoulder. I'm not happy about that, but it's a lot better than RA.

    Good luck.

    janieb
  4. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Dear Amy,
    Yes, it is posible to have both. I do.

    I got Fibro in the '80's and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis last year.

    As for diagnosis, My GP recognized the RA factor in a blood test. I then went to a Rheumy and he had a whole series of blood tests done (7 vials), and took MRI's of my hands. They showed perfectly round holes in my knuckles. On the outside, my knuckles are really big, though they rarely hurt.

    I was given the choice of three types of medication as treatment, by the Rheumy. I can take none of them, because of allergies and a compromised liver and kidneys. So, I am going to an Acupuncturist/Chinese Doctor for treatment of the RA. He is helping me a lot.

    Good luck to you. I hope you find the right doctor and right treatment, for you.

    Hugs,
    Terry
    p.s. By the way, I take MSM and Aloe Vera Juice for my RA, and they help me a lot. T.
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  5. kirschbaum26

    kirschbaum26 New Member

    Dear Amy:

    I was dx with RA 12 years ago...FMS just 4 years ago. Treatment for my RA was prednisone, and since my pain, swelling and joint damage was control with prednisone (10 mg twice a day), my old time Rheumatologist thought that was all I needed. Still had issues, but they were most likely FMS, which I believe I have had since childhood.

    While FMS symptoms do not appear on blood work (at least not universally accepted tests), if you have RA your labs will show something. Increase RA factor, high white blood cell count, etc.

    I currently am taking Humira for my RA, which is out of control. I was on ENBREL for 6 months, but it suddenly stopped working. I cannot take methotrexate or plaquenil (typically effective meds for RA) due to liver problems. I took too much advil for too many years, and also the prednisone). Humira is not doing it for me, and I am actually seeing the joints in my hands become damaged and deformed. Not much fun. Next med to try is Remicade...which I am really not looking forward to.

    My advice is for you to find a Rheumatologist that has experience in treating FMS patients. RA will actually damage and destroy your joints, requiring replacement surgery if they are weight bearing (ankle, knee, hip, etc), and if not, may increase your disability.

    Good luck.

    Ingrid