Lupus and Arthritis

Posted on February 17th, 2021 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Any individual who lives with body inflammation, especially in the joints, can attest to the pain, swelling, stiffness, and discomfort associated with it. The medical conditions lupus and arthritis, though different, can cause this inflammation. So what is their connection? Can an individual be diagnosed with both illnesses? We’re here to answer your questions.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. As a result, severe inflammation can be found throughout the body and cause severe pain and discomfort. Anyone can develop lupus, but women ages 15 to 44, particular racial or ethnic groups and people with a family history of the condition or other auto-immune disease are more likely to be diagnosed. 

Since lupus affects many different parts of the body, various symptoms can be seen with this condition. As well, no two individuals with lupus experience the same signs, and symptoms can range in severity. Some of the most common signs to look for include:

  • A butterfly-shaped facial race that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose
  • Skin rashes or lesions across the body
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Confusion or memory loss

If you are concerned about your health or are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult with a doctor immediately.

What is The Connection Between Lupus and Arthritis?

Lupus is not a type of arthritis, inflammation of the joints, but it is a common symptom of the condition. Arthritis associated with lupus tends to be less severe and destructive but can still be very painful and uncomfortable. Because of their connection, some are led to think they are the same, but the causes and course of treatment for each are very different.

Some individuals can be diagnosed as having both of these conditions. When an individual is living with two or more independent diseases, it is referred to as comorbidity. Studies have suggested that there may be a genetic link between lupus and rheumatoid arthritis comorbidity. Speak with your doctor about our symptoms to accurately diagnose your condition.

Orthopaedist in Fairfield County

It’s crucial to seek expert medical treatment if you are dealing with problems or pain associated with your bones or joints. Give the professionals at Orthopaedic Specialty group a call at (203) 337-2600 and let us know how we can help you! Don’t let that pain hold you back from living your life. Your health and safety are our top priority.