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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: Lupus and/or Rhuematoid Arthritis

 rightside - Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:47 am

I have a younger sister who turned 17 years old. A year ago she had to be admitted to the hospital due to chest pains. Apparently there was a small hole in her lungs and she had pneumonia. Ever since, she was not able to recover and has had significant weight loss and is unable to regain the weight.

The doctors at first diagnosed her as having lupus. She did have hair fall out at some point in time, her lungs continue to hurt, and her joints continue to swell. As of now, doctors are saying that she has a mild case of lupus and now has rheumatoid arthritis.

She can't sleep with the window open because the joints on her finger will swell. Also, her fingers also swell when there is cold weather. In addition, both of her elbows do not bend easily. She cannot straighten any of her arms. Her elbows hurt when she tries to grab heavy items or tries to extend her arms.

Any idea, what she may have?
What regimen can she follow in order to reduce the swelling and pain?
 Jackie E. Pool, LPN - Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:20 am

User avatar It does appear that your sister has some symptoms of RA. Does she have a Hot feeling in the tender joints? Are the same joints on both sides of the body affected? Fatigue associated with these symptoms? Those are some of the symptoms associated with RA. However, most of these symptoms are also associated with Lupis, as is Arthritis..

You did not say what tests were done to determine the condition your sister has. I assume she had a positive ANA. There are many RX drugs that can be prescribed for her to treat both Diseases. you should contact your doctor and inquire about theses, In the mean time, there are many OTC rubs and creams that can alleviate the pain for short periods of time.
Just remember to be cautious when you use these products and go by the directions given. Also, if she has not seen a Rheumatologist, I would suggest an appt. with one soon.

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