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Can other diseases be mistaken for osteoarthritis?

Yes, there are many other conditions that can mimic osteoarthritis. One commonly mistaken condition is Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an immune problem.  Osteoarthritis however is due to repeated motion and wear and tear over time. So, the treatment would be different, even though they appear quite similar in presentation. Another condition is Lyme disease, an infection caused by tick exposure. So, best to have your physician examine you, because the list of possibilities is exhausting

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