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What is worse lupus or ra?

What is worse lupus or ra?

It depends: It depends on the severity of the involvement. Each disease can be relatively mild or be very severe. ...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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I have all the symptoms for lupus or ra, but tests came back negative. Can I still have either?

I have all the symptoms for lupus or ra, but tests came back negative. Can I still have either?

RA maybe; lupus no: Blood tests for RA are negative in up to 30 percent of cases. The screening blood test for lupus is negative only rarely. ...Read more

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My primary dr refused to order lupus or other immune disease tests.I have severe RA uncontrold 4 more than 9 months on all strong RA meds.Why refuses?

My primary dr refused to order lupus or other immune disease tests.I have severe RA uncontrold 4 more than 9 months on all strong RA meds.Why refuses?

Local Problem: I am sure you understand that not one of us can speak for them or explain their choice. This is a question you have every right to ask of them. But we cannot answer for them. ...Read more

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I have lupus, ra, as, inclusion body myosytis. I live in western ny. Is there a better place to live?

I have lupus, ra, as, inclusion body myosytis.  I live in western ny. Is there a better place to live?

Usually doesn't help: While many patients with various forms of arthritis will often report improvement with a change in climate (warm dry vacation, for example), these effects are usually temporary and moving permanently to your favorite vacation spot will probably "wear off" in time. ...Read more

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How often should blood work be redone to check for RA or Lupus?

How often should blood work  be redone to check for RA or Lupus?

Depends: Blood work may be done for initial diagnosis and those tests do not need to repeated once the diagnosis is established. There are different tests to measure the disease activity and those may be done to assess the effectiveness of treatment and the frequency varies with the disease activity and responsiveness to treatment. ...Read more

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My inflammation level is 73. It keeps rising. I have been tested for ra, cancer, lupus. All were negative. What can I do?

See details: An elevated ESR has numerous causes. Any disease that can cause inflammation can raise the esr. You do not list symptoms so I have no specific suggestions. I would make sure a serum protein electrophoresis has been done. ...Read more

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Can gluten exposure cause systemic arthritic type flare-ups days after exposure? Lupus & RA negative labs.This has happened 3 times last year.

Can gluten exposure cause systemic arthritic type flare-ups days after exposure?  Lupus & RA negative labs.This has happened 3 times last year.

By Gluten "exposure: i assume you are referring to Gastrointestinal ..ingestion and gluten intolerance (adult "coeliac" disease and other Gastro-intestinal disorders leads to GI symptoms..not arthritic flare ups as commonly associated problems! Talk with your PCP about a referral to a Board Certified RHEUMATOLOGIST for further evaluation! Hope this helps! Dr z ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?

What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?

Many prospects: Stenosis may be caused by any structure that occupies space in the spinal canal leading to crowding of the nerve roots. This could include bulging/herniating discs, thickening of the joints or ligaments and the presence of cysts. This can occur with a single entity or any combination of structures. However, pain may also not be due to stenosis. It could be inflammation, poor blood flow, etc. ...Read more

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Seronegative (Definition)

Having or being a negative serum reaction especially in a test for the ...Read more