I have had problems with "straight" OA in many joints for some years, the pairing up of joints i.e. both shoulders etc, makes me suspicious of RA.
My right knee has currently swollen up and become very stiff and painfull, the pain has spread down my shin into my ankle which has also swelled.
My GP recommened I see an Orthopedic Surgeon, which I did. He took Xrays of my Knee and asperated a sample of the fluid for analysis. His opinion is that I have CPPD which is a form of arthritis where Calcium Phosphate crystals are deposited in the joints and are subsequently attacked by the immune system, ( I could clearly see erosion of the catliage in the Xray).
I am now on Morphine for the pain.
Has anyone else had any experience of CPPD or any advise they could give me.
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I've got cppd. Or condrocalcinosis.
in both knees. I've also got oa and what was sero negative inflammatory arthritis until my last blood showed positive rheumatoid factor.
I've had trouble with the knees for thirty years now. have them cleaned out every couple of years but it's getting to the stage that they need replacing.
I'm on a real cocktail of drugs but I suffer with other joints too. wish I could be more helpful mate.
hi there ,i have rheumatoid arthritis and never once have i had the pairing pain in joints you are referring too ,it only ever in one knee or one shoulder ect etc ,so dont think that because you do have this it must be rheumatoid ,i dont know if others get the pairing that is often mentioned when reading about rheumatoid ,but as i say ive never once had it on both sides at the same time and ive definately got RA ,hope this helps
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