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Arthritis in lower back?

Feb 23, 2016 2:36 PM

I have arthritis in lower back. I've been tested negative for RA by another dr and I've seen some say some RA tests aren't accurate. How do I find out what type of arthritis I have? I recently had a tenosynovectomy on left wrist and looks like most that have that surgery are to relieve RA symptoms. It's helped so far for the most part, just some post op pain here and there...

Feb 23, 2016 5:00 PM

I have spinal arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis) which usually starts in the lower back. I had bloodwork, X-rays and many mri's. I saw 4 rheumatologists before I was diagnosed. I really had to push to figure out what I have. They finally sent me to a spondylitis specialist.

Feb 23, 2016 7:05 PM

Let me know if you have any other questions :)

Feb 24, 2016 12:34 AM

I hope you get some answers soon WantanswersinAR. Green23, my dad has ankylosing spondylitis. I presume you are male? I originally thought that my back problems were the same as my dads, but they told me it is something only males suffer from. Do you know if this is correct? I hope you aren't suffering too much.

Feb 24, 2016 1:57 AM

Hi glassback,
I am female. AS Is more common in males but still can affect females. It usually involves lower back pain but mine is primarily upper spine and neck.

Feb 24, 2016 2:04 AM

Oh wow, that is a surprise! I am really sorry that you have this awful condition. If it is any comfort for you, my dad has had your condition for over 50 years, but he has a very full and active life. I wish you all the very best x

Feb 24, 2016 7:00 AM

Look at mri results and google terms in it. I have facet arthrosis and concentric disc-osteophyte complex. These are all facy names for different kinds of arthritis. DDD is fun

Feb 24, 2016 8:33 AM

I didn't think about that hngrytgr, thanks!

Feb 24, 2016 9:44 AM

They're calling my DDD and OA. I've had it 30+ years, and now I'm getting oa in my hips. Fun!

Feb 24, 2016 10:12 AM

DDD is a pain in the backside, literally!! 30+ years flappysLady81? Crumbs, I'm 10 years in and thought that was bad. Oh well, here's to another 20 years 🙄.

Feb 24, 2016 10:21 AM

What, besides narcotics, can I do or use for treating the pain? I can't see my dr until 3/3 and that's for a follow up from my 1st cervical injection (herniated disc) then I will s heckle lumbar injection but until then, I need serious relief of this pain.... it's all in lower back and some on my sides, through my buttocks and front and back of both thighs.... suggestions?

Feb 24, 2016 11:23 AM

I have just asked my physio the same question over the phone. I can't get in with her until 7th March. She advised me to put oil on my skin and then apply ice packs. She advised alternating between ice and heat, every 20 mins. I hope this gives you a little relief. Also, my yoga instructor told me to lie on the floor with my bottom against the wall and my legs up the wall. Once comfortable, stretch your arms over your head. This allows your joints to stretch out, easing any sciatica and also stops your muscles going into spasm. I find this really helpful, but you may have to lie there for a while. X

Feb 24, 2016 4:16 PM

Find confortable positions... furniture that doesnt hurt too much ... heat.. cold... opiates. Lidocaine. Basically you figure out what hurts the least and do alot of that.

Feb 24, 2016 4:18 PM

Its terrible... my doc told me way back when " I have bad news for you, you're going to live a long time. " we both cracked up and I felt better.

Feb 24, 2016 7:34 PM

Lol Glassback! I'm 54 and my first OA was in my left knee at 22, and it's still there. My whole family is eat up with RA and OA, and joint replacements. When I was younger and able I made sure to keep my muscles strong and in shape. Unfortunately at 45 my muscles started spreading & turning to fat due to other multiple health issues. Now it's all settling around my middle. I developed OA/DDD in my spine in'95 and it's now all in my spine and hips. I'm also developing facet stenosis, bulges, tears, etc. 🙂💕🙏🌼

Feb 24, 2016 8:17 PM

I have DDD and OA in my spine, hips, knees well way to much for my 46 years in my opinion. I have wondered if I have RA because of all my severe autoimmune issues i am having but my blood tests are negative also. My rhuemotolgist is keeping an eye on it and I make sure all my other doctors send all my information to the rheumatologist. I have heard sometimes it takes years to know if you have RA if the blood test is negative. I understand your frustration completely.

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