Three years ago I was stiff and in pain everywhere...I had mri, and saw a rheumatologist...she agreed I’d got reduced range of motion but the Mri and bloods showed no inflammation, and she discharged me back to gp and I was given physio a few times and nothing more was said....gradually the joint pain went and I put it down to some sort of virus....this year my hip ceased up, really hurts, I had some private physio over the summer...eventually went to gp as it was getting very painful to walk. X-ray was done, sent to msk triage who has just told me I need a full hip replacement due to OA. I’m wondering what causes OA, my X-ray shows a big deterioration since the original scan. Can a rheumatologist diagnose OA or is that just for RA? Are they totally different diseases? I’m very shocked that I’ve gone straight to hip replacement level. I have been under a lot of stress this year. My husband died suddenly, and I’m a full time teacher so getting to grips with covid changes....could stress have caused the OA or is it just simply wear and tear arthritis?