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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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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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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

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What to do about rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or both?

What to do about rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or both?

See a rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you join the marine corps if you have lupus/rheumatoid arthritis?

Can you join the marine corps if you have lupus/rheumatoid arthritis?

NO: Standards show that both conditions are clearly disqualifying. "current or history of lupuserythematosus (710.0) or mixed connective tissue disease variant (710.9 ) is disqualifying." &" current or history of rheumatoid arthritis (714.0) is disqualifying.". ...Read more

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I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

Not accurate for dz: Adding to other answer: so i'm assuming you are ana-positive and rf-negative. ANA is used to screen for lupus and other connective tissue diseases. Everyone with lupus has a positive ana, but not everyone with a positive ANA has lupus. Up to 33% of healthy people without lupus has a positive ana. That's a huge number. So there are many more people with a positive ANA without lupus than have lupus. ...Read more

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Could having a bad cold cause a flare up in things like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

URTI and flares: A possibility but not definitive or highly probable. Flares can be triggered by many and any things. Drink plenty of fluids/electrolytes and rest a lot which helps mitigate flares. Good luck ...Read more

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My mom has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Can i be at risk too?

My mom has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Can i be at risk too?

Yes: This answer will change as we know more about RA & lupus. From several large family studies, the risk of an offspring to develop an autoimmune condition with a single parent with an autoimmune condition increases about 8 to 10-fold. So there is a 0.5-8% risk of developing an autoimmune condition for you. Having said that, those are still low odds. We do not fully know what factors control this. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis?

How to tell the difference between systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Sometimes hard: Both have arthritis as part of the disease in RA it is the major feature and most people have nothing else. Lupus, while having arthritis as part of it, often has many other features of other organ systems like the skin kidneys bervous system or blood best way is to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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