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Question: Is it possible for the same person to have both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis together? I was diagnosed with osteo years ago, but lately I've had severe swelling in my ankles and knees, with fluid retention, I thougt that was only with rheumatoid.

Answer: Yes, it's possible. Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones, not just the joints. It is possible to have both conditions at the same time. My husband has severe osteoporosis AND ankylosing spondylitis, a disease that's somewhat similar to rheumatoid arthritis. It is possible that the swelling in your knees and ankles is arthritis, not rheumatoid arthritis. In any case, ask your doctor to refer you to a rheumatologist to get checked out.

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