I have had two tkr in the past 4years. I have problems with my upper spine and other joints. I saw a rheumatologist in January and he requested a follow up but due to the corona virus this hasn’t happened. He prescribed prdnisolone, which was amazing but sadly affected my mood really badly. I was just starting to find out if I had rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis. The consultant said it could easily be rheumatoid going by the symptoms. The problem I have is I’m asthmatic and the only pain relief I’ve got is co codamol, which is okay but at the moment I feel very unwell as if I‘ve got the flu. I’m feeling very low at the moment, as I can’t get any relief from the pain. Is it normal to feel unwell with arthritis? I’m only 63 and will be going back to work soon which will be hard with the pain.
Any advice about the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid would be a help.