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Arthritis vs. Bone Mets
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edited May 2018 in Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned
I am really confused...I have read many, many posts from girls who were originally told they had Arthritis and now have bone mets. Maybe this is ridiculous, but... I can't help but wonder if some are being treated for bone mets when it's actually just Arthritis or vice versa. How do they know the difference between the two? Especially when the dx is made just from a bone scan? Are the two easily distinguished from one another? What does bone cancer look like on film as opposed to Arthritis? I have had several bone scans over the past few years. Each time, the report comes back stating that there's "uptake" (I hate that frickin' word!) in my right hip, both knees and both feet. It also states that the uptake is PROBABLY due to Arthritis. I have this sinking feeling that perhaps a couple of years from now, I'll be told the uptake is actually bone cancer. I have only seen one post stating that a bone biopsy was done to confirm bone mets. Why aren't biopsies performed to confirm every bone cancer diagnosis?
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