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I was told that I either have sle or mixed connective tissue disease (i already have a rheumatology appt) I was just wondering what's the difference?

Let me explain. Mixed connective tissue disease features signs and symptoms of a combination of disorders — primarily of lupus, scleroderma and polymyositis. For this reason, mixed connective tissue disease is sometimes referred to as an overlap disease. Read more...
Overlap of signs. Sle (lupus) and mixed connective disease have overlap of some symptoms and signs. When there aren't enough diagnostic criteria to conclude lupus, but some characteristic findings of connective tissue disease, they call it mixed. Lupus has 11 possible categories of labs or physical findings according to the acr. Read more...
Very different. Mixed connective tissue disease is a specific disease characterized by a combo of symptoms with a high titer rnp antibody. Lupus is the prototype connective tissue disease. Undifferentiated connective tissue disease is usually lupus-like but doesn't meet criteria for lupus. Read more...

What are the pros and cons for Prograf vs Prednisone vs plaquinil for the treatment of Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (elements sle)?

Cost, side effects. There are side effects associated with each med. Each could be effective for your condition. The key is to treat you with as little medication as possible. With Prograf, you have a strong immunosuppressant that can affect your kidneys -- you'll need regular blood draws. Prednisone has a host of side effects as well. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is relatively safe, though you'll need regular eye exams. Take care. Read more...
Connective tissue dz. Prograf is potent immune suppression. It is reserved for progressive well defined disease. It has side effects such as infection, nerve irritation, lipid elevations, and potential kidney injury. Blood levels must be measured. Prednisone is a traditional anti-inflammatory drug that works well but has side effects too. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is used widely to control disease. Eyes must be examined every 3 mo. Read more...

Could undifferentiated connective tissue disease (poss sjogrens +\or lupus) cause increased feeling of being winded when it is humid outside?

Difficult question. And one that probably can not be answered on this sit specific to you. Some kinds of connective tissue diseases can cause constriction and make you feel short of breath, others not. It is vert variable. The ones you mentioned probably not. Read more...

How does connective tissue disease with lupus factor affect the eyes?

In several ways! Lupus can be associated with dry-eye syndrome, typically more severe in sjogren's syndrome. Very severe lupus can causes optic neuritis, but this is quite rare. The most common problem with the eye in lupus patients is the development of cataracts from treatment with steroids, one of many reasons doses should be kept low. Plaquenyl eye toxicity is nill, by using less than 6 mg/kg of body weight. Read more...
Sometimes. An inflammation of the eyes (episcleritis can occur in lupus. Also some patients may have dry eyes from a secondary sjogren's syndrome. In rare cases, severe eye involvement such as retinal vasculitis can bvery rarely occur. Read more...

How would I be diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus)?

Symptoms and test. To diagnose lupus you need certain combination of symptoms and positive blood test, very typical symptoms oflupus are "butterfly rash" over the nose, join pain/swelling, oral sores, eyes symptoms, lupus can also give lung, heart, kidneys involvment, blood with anemia, low WBC counts. Blood test that can be positive in lupus is ANA (95% patient), anti-dsdna, also blood and urine testing may suggest. Read more...