I've got a bit more energy today, Alleluia! So far I've frittered it away on the internet ...... pondering Minka's knees & Osteoarthritis. Must get out of this bed & play catch up!
But anyway I found something that puzzles me so I've got a bit of a techy question, here goes.
I know that there's a tendency to think of Osteoarthritis as 'just' a mechanical process whereas actually it's about the breakdown of living tissue & is considerably more complex than, say, a piece of wood or metal wearing down. And I found this on medscape which states that Osteoarthritis produces inflammation:
"In stage 3, the breakdown products of cartilage induce a chronic inflammatory response in the synovium."
What is puzzling me is whether this inflammation can be detected as raised ESR or CRP? And if so, wouldn't a bad case of Osteoarthritis look like Inflammatory Arthritis?
The 'only' (huh!) signs of my RA are difficult to control inflammation, swollen joints etc. i.e. I'm completely sero-negative. I'm not questioning whether or not I actually have a systemic, inflammatory condition - I'm pretty sure about that. But what I'm wondering is how much of the inflammation I get is down to RA & how much is generated by the worsening of my knee & hip erosions due to doing audacious things like standing up & walking?
And also it's not just about me, I'm just interested (and putting off a whole lot of forms that await me downstairs!)
Hope you are all in the best possible shape,