During my visit to the RA clinic this week I explained to the Nurse Practitioner that my knee has decided that it no longer wishes to support me, especially when I need to walk down stairs or steps. It is hot, swollen and crunchy!
She says that it won't be RA related, as RA does not affect the knees. So it must be OA.
I find this curious as one of my biggest problems in the early stage of my disease was a swollen hot knee that had to be drained and injected with steroids. At that time I was told it was my RA running out of control.
So who is right? Can RA get to your knees?
And if it is OA (I have had it X rayed and am waiting for the results) then is that one of those problems that we are told we must just learn to live with?
In the meantime, I have started walking downstairs backwards, which helps enormously.