Yes. And no. Sle (lupus) and rheumatoid arthritis are both autoimmune diseases. Fibromyalgia is not a documented autoimmune disease but it is often associated with either or both conditions due to the musculoskeletal pain experienced.
Yes. There is an increased incidence of fibromyalgia in patients with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
RA vs lupus. They are both autoimmune diseases and they share many common symptoms. Lupus usually presents with a rash and effects one organ at the time, while RA presents with bilateral joint pain. To establish a diagnosis of RA, patient's history evaluation, examination, labs and radiographic imaging findings are used.
Which disease usually has the best prognosis: 1. SLE, 2. Rheumatoid arthritis, 3. Psoriasis or 4. Psoriatic Arthritis?
Impossible to say. It depends on the severity of each disease. Psoriatic would be considered the most benign.
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.
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.
Yes. There are settings where pregnancy is not advised in sle - unccontrolled kidney disease and uncontrolled hypertension. People with sle and RA can get pregnant. You would work with your OB and high risk pregnancy team. In the past there was an increased risk of death in a lupus pregnancy and thus pregnancy was not recommended but that is no longer the case. Actually RA may improve during pre.