I had previously been diagnoised with osteoarthritis. The rhematolgist also said I had fibromyalgia, and a connective tissue disorder. I am 50 years old and have always been pretty active, and healthy for a overweight person. I was having alot of pain all over, weakness, and trouble walking. I saw 6 doctors trying to find the problem. One girl at work thought I might have MS, the MD said no, they thought it might be due to existing back problems, again no. They sent me to a ortho dr who said my right hip was bone on bone. I had hip replacemnet surgery 05/09. Upon my recovery I noticed same problems on my left side, I had that hip replaced 12/09. I ordered the surgical reports and both stated rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. I am now enjoying a very improved quality of life. I can not do what I used to, but am very happy for what I can do at this point. What is the difference in types of arthritis???? My Rheumatiod blood test was negative several years ago.
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