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55 year old with painful knees getting worse in cold weather. Arthritis?

Hi, in a general aspect, if a 55 year old woman was having pain in both knees that occurred after kneeling, walking, ar other such activities, or sitting for long periods of time, and in the morning, what could the causes be? Arthritis is definitely an option, but can you tell me some other probable diagnoses? Her knees are stiff and painful and are aggravated as I said, by kneeling, stairs or sitting. Also, it gets worse on cold or humid days. Thank you!
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
thanks for your query.
Most people with arthritis have osteoarthritis, which commonly occurs with age. There’s another type called rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a serious autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. Although it shares some symptoms with osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis that usually occurs in older people due to wear and tear on joints, there are some key differences. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack at any age, can come on rapidly, and may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as fatigue, morning stiffness.Patellar tendinitis can also cause bilateral knee pain.
You should visit concerned doctor to evaluate condition and perform some basic lab investigations like CBC and X-ray. You may need to check RA factor in blood. Once diagnosis is reached, it can properly be managed accordingly.
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Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Early morning stiffness and pain on movements is typical of arthritis / typically osteoarthritis.
Arthritis simply means joint problem ('itis' is infection and hence the name is now arthropathy...)
There could be several causes - common one is degeneration / then inflammation.
Blood tests ('cold agglutinins' in her case) and MRI / even arthroscopy / will be necessary further assessment and assistance.

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Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
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Answered: Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Rheumatologist Dr. Divya Agarwal's  Response
the only diagnosis is osteoarthritis, which fits her description.
Answered: Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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