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Can you have lupus arthritis and not get lupus?

Can you have lupus arthritis and not get lupus?

No: Lupus is a disease that affects many organ systems in some people and only one or two systems in others. When the term lupus arthritis is used it is referring to the joint inflammation that occurs in people who have the disease lupus. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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


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What all can trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis ?

What all can  trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis ?

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

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Is it possible to have lupus arthritis without systemic lupus?

Is it possible to have lupus arthritis without systemic lupus?

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 more

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Is it possible to have lupus arthritis but not systemic lupus disease?

Is it possible to have lupus arthritis but not systemic lupus disease?

Yes: Lupus erythematosus does not always involve internal organs (systemic). It sometimes only affects the skin and joints. Forms that do so are scle, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and sometimes dle, discoid lupus erythematosus. ...Read more

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It possible to have just have lupus arthritis, without the actual lupus disease?

It possible to have just have lupus arthritis, without the actual lupus disease?

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 more

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What would trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis after baby born. I woke this am in stiffness and pain.?

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

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I have lupus arthritis , I am always in too much pain are there any home remedies for pain. Meds don't work?

I have lupus arthritis , I am always in too much pain are there any home remedies for pain. Meds don't work?

No home remedies: The arthritis of lupus almost always responds to treatment of the disease. Home remedies do not help. I would make sure that the pain you experience is truly lupus arthritis or an associated issue such as fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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If you were home sick with lupus, arthritis, asthma what are some ways to pass time?

If you were home sick with lupus, arthritis, asthma what are some ways to pass time?

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

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Does lupus arthritis go hand in hand with lupus?

Does lupus arthritis go hand in hand with lupus?

Lupus: The joints are an unfortunate target of the ailment known as lupus, so the arthritis is simply another component. ...Read more

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If you were home resting with lupus, arthritis, asthma what would you do with your time?

If you were home resting with lupus, arthritis, asthma what would you do with your time?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more