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Symptoms Lupus Vs Rheumatoid Arthritis
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
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
See a rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need clarification, can rheumatoid arthritis cause lupus or does it automatically come with lupus?
Neither: Neither. They are independent diseases.Get a more detailed answer ›
I tested positive for lupus and positive for rheumatoid arthritis. How likely is it that one of the results are false?
ANA and RA: Overlap. See prev answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?
I have rheumatoid arthritis and discoid lupus. For many years I have experienced sudden urging itches on different spots of my body.
Had alcohol last night forgot I have blood work this morning to c if I have rheumatoid arthritis/lupus. will the alcohol inhibit the tests results?
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Heavy pain in both feet. Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis first, Lupus later. List of medications in use. Relief options?Need help reviewing meds.
This request: can be easily accomplished through Health Tap Concierge consultation. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?
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