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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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?

Tests are accurate: If you have the right tests theses are quite accurate. You should discuss with your doctor who ordered the tests, because he knows your clinical history and will be able to explain the results to you. I can not answer without knowing the tests which were done. ...Read more

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

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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How common is it to have lupus Rheumatoid arthritis and hasimoto thyroiditis?

How common is it to have lupus Rheumatoid arthritis and hasimoto thyroiditis?

Uncertain: When more than one autoimmune disorder occurs in a person, it is often called mixed connective tissue disease. The combination however is not well defined but lupus is always included. In a Norwegian study, the prevalence was 3.8/100, 000. http://ard. Bmj. Com/content/70/6/1047.short ...Read more

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If you have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can you still get pregnant and have a baby?

Yes.: I have had many patients with both diseases who have dleivered a healthy child. If your lupus, ra, or both are active, it is less likely, because significant inflammation or physical stress is not the optimal time to conceive. Also, if sle is present, it should be in remission. If not, the higher estrogen levels seen in pregnancy can cause a flare. Interestly, RA improves during pregnacy. ...Read more

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What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. The speckled portion of the result is not very helpful on its own. About 5% of humans (1 in 20) have a positive ANA for no reason. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and discoid lupus. For many years I have experienced sudden urging itches on different spots of my body.

I have rheumatoid arthritis and discoid lupus. For many years I have experienced sudden urging itches on different spots of my body.

Likely unrelated: I doubt that itching is related to the underlying diseases but it can be secondary to medications, especially plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). ...Read more

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Is it possible to find a doctor who is willing and capable of treating lupus, fybromyalgia, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Is it possible to find a doctor who is willing and capable of treating lupus, fybromyalgia, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Rheumatologist specialize in treatment of systemic musculoskeletal disorders such as those you have listed. A rheumatologist would therefore be a great first option. Unfortunately it is often difficult to get an appointment with someone in this speciality. Your primary care physician if interested may be well equipped to handle your treatment with consultation with a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

No: But, if someone has hiv, they should see an expert in HIV management and treatment. I suggest looking for someone certified by the aahivm. ...Read more

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Any explanation to why I am not feeling relief on 20mg daily prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus symptoms/pain?

Any explanation to why I am not feeling relief on 20mg daily prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus symptoms/pain?

Couple: Of possibilities. If this is your regular pain involving multiple joints and not controlled by the dose that usually controls your flares you might need a higher dose of Prednisone along with a different agent- Plaquenil/ Methotrexate for example. If this time the pain is different or involving only a joint or other organs it may be due to a different condition and you will need to see your doc. ...Read more

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Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)

Rare side effect: Demyelination CNS disease and drug induced lupus are rare side effects of humira (adalimumab). Best to consult with your prescribing Doctor sooner than later. Best wishes ...Read more

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My diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed to lupus because of my low white blood cell count. How do I know for sure?

My diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed to lupus because of my low white blood cell count. How do I know for sure?

Other information: There are several factors that go into making the diagnosis. The clinical findings can sometimes include a rash and arthritic changes that can be different from rheumatoid arthritis. There are also blood tests that may make the diagnosis more clear. You should ask the doctor and if you have other questions, ask for a second opinion, possibly from a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I want to know if people who have rheumatoid arthritis can have lupus even if ANA is negative? I have had a upperarm bruise since june.

Connective Tissue: Diseases.
Are a family of closely related disorders. They include: rheumatoid arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus polymyositis-dermatomyositis, scleroderma, sjogren's syndrome and various forms of vasculitis.
Although lupus most often occurs alone, many people with lupus also have symptoms characteristic of one or more of the other connective tissue diseases. ...Read more

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Can nuclear bone scans distinguish between joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation caused by lupus? If so, how?

Can nuclear bone scans distinguish between joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation caused by lupus? If so, how?

It can't: Unfortunately the bone scans cannot differentiate between cancer, inflammation or infection.
Those conditions both would/could cause a lot swelling of the synovium which would just show up as a flaring on the bone scan, not different from each other. ...Read more

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My outer palms are red. They have been like this since I had my daughter three years ago. There is no itching or pain. My dr did labs for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis which came back fine. I don't smoke or drink.?

My outer palms are red. They have been like this since I had my daughter three years ago. There is no itching or pain. My dr did labs for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis which came back fine. I don't smoke or drink.?

Suspect estrogen!: Women typically have appreciably more redness around the periphery of the palms and the finger pads than men. It is an effect of estrogen in the body. The fact that you noticed it after the birth of your child, when during pregancy you had much higher estrogen levels, rather proves the point. It is called palmar erythema. Harmless, unless you are male, if you get my drift! ...Read more

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I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. No amount of treatment or medicines have helped my conditions. Its getting worse day by day. Please help!!

I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. No amount of treatment or medicines have helped my conditions. Its getting worse day by day. Please help!!

Need more info: Without knowing what interventions you have tried hard to say if you have utilized all available options. In addition to prescription medications there are alternative interventions that can be helpful in some patients. These include diet and supplements. I find them more helpful in patients earlier on in the disease process. If you have not gone this route you should find an appropriate provider. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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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