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Doctor insights on: What Foods Are Bad For Lupus And Arthritis

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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

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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Can you have lupus arthritis and not get lupus?

Can you have lupus arthritis and not get lupus?

No: Lupus is a disease that affects many organ systems in some people and only one or two systems in others. When the term lupus arthritis is used it is referring to the joint inflammation that occurs in people who have the disease lupus. ...Read more

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What all can trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis ?

What all can  trigger a flareup of lupus arthritis ?

Many things; viruses: So it's unclear exactly what triggers a lupus flare. What we do know it that lupus activates that same immune pathway as viruses (called the type one interferon pathway). So any virus infection (i.e. A cold) can trigger a lupus flare. This is likely only one of many pathways that could induce lupus symptoms. Fyi: there are clinical trials targeting this interferon pathway for lupus pts ongoing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus arthritis without systemic lupus?

Yes: It's possible to start off with mild or limited symptoms and only arthritis without systemic lupus. But then the disease could evolve and include many organ systems and become systemic. Important to get evaluated and tested if other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, rash, hair loss also start to occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus arthritis but not systemic lupus disease?

Is it possible to have lupus arthritis but not systemic lupus disease?

Yes: Lupus erythematosus does not always involve internal organs (systemic). It sometimes only affects the skin and joints. Forms that do so are scle, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and sometimes dle, discoid lupus erythematosus. ...Read more

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It possible to have just have lupus arthritis, without the actual lupus disease?

It possible to have just have lupus arthritis, without the actual lupus disease?

Yes: Lupus (sle) causes a nonspecific, non-crippling arthritis in the small joints of the hands and wrists. Deformities are rare, but, if they occur they are reversible as they are due to tendon and ligament laxity, not bone erosions as in rheumatoid arthritis. Other rheumatic diseases can show the same type of arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms between lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis ?

JIA/SLE symptoms: The most common symptoms of jia include joint stiffnesss and joint swelling. In lupus, joints and other organs can be affected such as the skin, kidneys, blood cells, nervous system, and muscles. Lupus can also cause more generalized symptoms such as fevers, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss. ...Read more

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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