How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Family Physician Your Own Question

Family Physician
Family Physician, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2418
Experience:  GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
1304720
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Family Physician is online now

i was diagnosed with arthritis in my knee last year. i have

Customer Question

i was diagnosed with arthritis in my knee last year. i have suffered from joint pain in shoulder, elbow and knee for many years but only had an xray on my knee. more recently i had chronic back pain and gp diagnosed sciatica. is this linked to my arthritis or has the gp mis diagnosed? this has resulted in my employers placing me in sickness monitoring as they do not see there is a link between the diagnosis of arthiristis of the knee and the more recent back pain. i need to demonstrate that these are linked.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Mysticdoc :

Hello,

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Lower back pain can be caused by the arthritis of the spine.

Mysticdoc :

Knee joint also can be affected by the arthritis.

Mysticdoc :

Now if this is age related arthritis, this can be seen in the Xrays in many cases.

Mysticdoc :

However MRI scans will be helpful to prove your case.

Mysticdoc :

Also there may be another type of arthritis like ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis etc, affecting your spine and joints.

Mysticdoc :

These require blood tests like sed rate, rheumatoid factor, HLA B27, uric acid level etc

Mysticdoc :

A joint specialist like a rheumatologist or an orthopedic surgeon should be consulted.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

JACUSTOMER-wuq72ruh- :

you did not answer the questions i posed. is the sciatica linked to osteoarthiritis. and the suggestions made were ones i could and have gotten from fre web sites. i will consult my GP.

Mysticdoc :

I actually highlighted the pathogenesis of your condition.

Mysticdoc :

Sciatica means pinching of the nerve at the lower spine.

Mysticdoc :

This is possible from the arthritis of the spine or herniated discs.

Mysticdoc :

But to prove you indeed have sciatica from the arthritis of the spine, you will need MRI scan.

Mysticdoc :

Sciatica is a clinical diagnosis --does not suggest arthritis directly.

Mysticdoc :

To prove sciatica is being caused by the arthritis of the spine, you need additional testing as I suggested above.

Mysticdoc :

Please refrain from rating bad or poor, instead press the reply button for more questions.

This conversation is open till you are fully satisfied to rate good or excellent.

JACUSTOMER-wuq72ruh- :

as i said, i have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee not anywhere else at this juncture. My question was if the diagnosis of sciatica could be linked to the diagnosis of the arthritis in my knee, even perhaps, due to being "off kilter" from knee problem

Mysticdoc :

That is a very good concern.

Mysticdoc :

The both diagnosis can be related.

Mysticdoc :

In my opinion this is more likely.

Mysticdoc :

If you have knee problem this also can affect your lower back due to the overuse of the healthier side.

Mysticdoc :

And the same arthritis can affect your lower back.

Mysticdoc :

Some people are more prone for arthritis than others.

Mysticdoc :

So there is stron possibility both the conditions are related.

Mysticdoc :

But the diagnosis and the link can be proven by the above tests as mentioned above.

JACUSTOMER-wuq72ruh- :

no further reply. i believe i have had to "lead" the expert into this answer.

Mysticdoc :

Physical therapy will help with both the conditions however

Mysticdoc :

I am not certain from your rpely.

Mysticdoc :

reply.

Mysticdoc :

I said the same thing before but I did not use the same language--i had to simplify my responses for your better understanding.

Mysticdoc :

I said the same thing before but I did not use the same language--i had to simplify my responses for your better understanding.

4:08 PM

There is no 'lead in' on my opinion.

Mysticdoc :

But I am glad you got the information you needed.

Mysticdoc :

There is no 'lead in' on my opinion.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Family Physician

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    7887
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Ivy League trained
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    255
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12373
    20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.