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Is Lupus Worse Than Ra
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RA factor is 178 with high CRP using plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). CCP is neg. Used rate is normal Why does Dr call it polyarthris?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
+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
If I have malar rashes, itp, osteoarthritis, positive ana, photosensitivity it's more than fibro right?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My rheum has me on plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) i'm allergic to biologics. Is there pain control better than opioids?
I have widespread joint pain, swelling. C-reactive protein <0.5 mg/dl, rheumatoid arthritis factor<8.6 iu/ml, sed rate 15mm/hr. Rheumatoid arthritis?
Polyarthralgia: You should be seen in person by a rheumatologist. Good luck. ...Read more
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