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Is lupus more severe than rheumatoid arthritis?

Is lupus more severe than rheumatoid arthritis?

It depends: Either disease can be relatively mild or very severe. Lupus has the potential to be more severe because it is more likely to cause major internal organ involvement. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect ...Read more


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What is worse lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

What is worse lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Neither: Both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are serious autoimmune illnesses that can range from mild to severe. They can effect other organs in the body, not just the joints. The long term complications of these illnesses can be minimized by seeking care from an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Does low c3c and 4 go with lupus rather than scleroderma?

Does low c3c and 4 go with lupus rather than scleroderma?

Yes: Serum complements are normal in scleroderma but may be depressed in lupus. However, i would caution against putting too much importance on c3 and c4 levels as a diagnostic tool. They alone do not determine which disease is present. ...Read more

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Is guttate psoriasis worse than regular psoriasis?

Is guttate psoriasis worse than regular psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis is a sometimes fast spreading psoriasis which involves small lesions with a very fine scale. This can be associated with a strep throat which should be completed treatment to allow the treatment for psoriasis to work. ...Read more

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Can RA affect more than just joints?

Can RA affect more than just joints?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis can effect the heart, lungs, skin, eye, kidneys, blood vessels, salivary glands, bone marrow, and the nervous system. Internal organ involvement usually occurs with more aggressive joint involvement. The resultant symptoms may vary from annoying to life-threatening. The good news is that there are many new treatments to control the disease process of ra. ...Read more

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RA factor is 178 with high CRP using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). CCP is neg. Used rate is normal Why does Dr call it polyarthris?

RA factor is 178 with high CRP using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). CCP is neg. Used rate is normal Why does Dr call it polyarthris?

Poly= many: polyarthritis just means that it is or can involve several joints but there are autoimmune conditions that in early stages don't change the labs as much. Many of them are treated the same anyway. ...Read more

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Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Is rheumatoid arthritis worse in summer?

Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more

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+ana speckled pattern, fibromyalgia, IBS inflamm. N hands/feet. Rhuematologist thinks it's RA instead of mctd. Is it possible with rnpab, IgG high?

Yes: You do not mention the rheumatoid factor and ccp antibody results but an inflammatory polyarthritis can certainly be RA even with other autoantibodies positive. I personally believe that mctd if it does really exist is over diagnosed. Imo, if you follow these patients most turn out to have lupus. ...Read more

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Which is worse lupus or crohn's?

No way to compare: These are two totally different diseases. The answer depends on disease severity in each case. ...Read more

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What is a worse form of arthritis than rheumatiod?

See a rheumatologist: Rheumatologist can give you the best advice and treatment plan for ra. ...Read more

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Is organ involvement required to diagnose SLE ? Also ENA is neg so dr says no SLE. But I have ANA 320, low wbc, raynauds, livedo reticulars, oral sore

Lupus: Four out of eleven criteria help diagnose lupus. For practical purposes that's two organ systems, a positive ANA and a lupus specific antibody. But positive ANAs are very common, and white cells can be low with viral infections. If your CBC normalizes, unlikely to be lupus. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or is it something else?

Is seronegative rheumatoid joint disease as same as rheumatoid arthritis or is it something else?

Better prognosis: Same disease. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (where rheumatoid factor and anti-ccp antibody tests are negative) generally has a better prognosis with a better response to medications and lower chance of joint damage. It is treated similarly to seropositive RA except that some biologic medications (rituximab, abatacept) may not work as well in seronegatives. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia worse than chronic migraines?

Is fibromyalgia worse than chronic migraines?

Thats subjective: When i suffered from severe fibromyalgia the headaches i had were unbelievable and disabling. Pain is very personal and everyone is different. When i perfect the vulcan mind meld then i'll be able to tell you more. Yes i got better and am pain free 95% of the time in my case without using fibro meds. ...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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Joint pain (knee, shoulder, hand), tired, mild anemia. Fan and other autoanticorps negative. RF 12ui, when the normal is less than 14 ui. Lupus/RA?

Joint pain (knee, shoulder, hand), tired, mild anemia. Fan and other autoanticorps negative. RF 12ui, when the normal is less than 14 ui. Lupus/RA?

Hard to tell.: Joint pain and anemia can have many causes and may or may not be connected. You will need Sed Rate and/or CRP to see if you have active inflammation. There may be other tests needed to determine if it's RA or other causes. Get to an arthritis specialist if possible. Good luck! ...Read more