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A 37-year-old member asked:

I have fibromyalgia and two heart conditions, plus i am b12 and vitamin d and iron deficient, can this be connected with lupus?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Not likely.: Lupus patients often have fibromyalgia, but fibromyalgia patients rarely have lupus. Lupus is rare, occurring in less than 1% of the population, wherea fibromyalgia is common, occurring in up to 10% of women. Also, b12, vitamin d and iron deficiency are common, particularly women. Only a rheumatologist can determine if you have lupus. If you are concerned you may have lupus, see a rheumatologist.
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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
No: People with fibromyalgia can have lupus as well, but the conditions are separate and distinct. The heart issue and vitamin deficiencies are also not related.
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