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How To Diagnose Lupus Arthritis
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Many things; viruses: So it's unclear exactly what triggers a lupus flare. What we do know it that lupus activates that same immune pathway as viruses (called the type one interferon pathway). So any virus infection (i.e. A cold) can trigger a lupus flare. This is likely only one of many pathways that could induce lupus symptoms. Fyi: there are clinical trials targeting this interferon pathway for lupus pts ongoing. ...Read more
Yes: It's possible to start off with mild or limited symptoms and only arthritis without systemic lupus. But then the disease could evolve and include many organ systems and become systemic. Important to get evaluated and tested if other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, rash, hair loss also start to occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Lupus (sle) causes a nonspecific, non-crippling arthritis in the small joints of the hands and wrists. Deformities are rare, but, if they occur they are reversible as they are due to tendon and ligament laxity, not bone erosions as in rheumatoid arthritis. Other rheumatic diseases can show the same type of arthritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis after baby born. I woke this am in stiffness and pain.?
Common: The homrmone changes with the delivery. Most lupus patients use a bit of steroid after dlivery for a few weeks to tide them over. ...Read more
I have lupus arthritis , I am always in too much pain are there any home remedies for pain. Meds don't work?
Mental and physical: Mental and physical engagement. Do not "rot." keep your mind and body engaged in some stimulating activity, albeit mild. Watch less tv. Do not eat, for lack of things to do. Read, write, walk, use hand weights, engage in conversation. And, as important, be optimistic! ...Read more
Get educated: I suggest you take an online class in something of interest to you. There are classes for everything and being a lifelong learner will keep you interested in the world around you. Set a goal each day to do something active for a certain amount of time. Keep your day on a schedule, and do as many home activities like light housekeeping and laundry as your conditions will permit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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