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Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms: 5 Key Facts On Lupus

Update Date: May 16, 2016 07:26 AM EDT
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A person’s body is susceptible to possible diseases or illnesses, making the immune system a pretty crucial one to monitor. All this would boil down to a person would safeguard himself based on lifestyle or some medicinal means.

Lupus erythematosus is a systematic illness that can affect various parts and organs of the human body, pairing it up with rheumatoid arthritis could make matters worse. While rheumatoid arthritis is something that is easily associated with the joints, it can go as far as affecting the eyes, heart and lungs as well.

Together, they could offer complications when it comes to proper diagnosis of a patient. This happens especially during an overlap syndrome that would result in having more than one autoimmune disorder. In such cases, patients are normally required to undergo additional tests to properly come up with a credible diagnosis.

With that said, it seems interesting to find out how one is able to figure out lupus systems that may be present on folks suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Here are some symptoms to watch out for.

  1.  Skin Rashes. This is one problem that may be hard to pin down seeing that this is something that can be linked to allergies among others. It does stand out when one sees a butterfly-shaped rash over the nose and cheeks – something that folks may want to watch out they suffer from some kind of skin irritation.
  2. Hard time breathing. Another condition that is tied up with possible allergic reaction is shortness of breath or chest discomfort. At times people would panic since it could be linked to other deadly illnesses associated with the heart and lungs.
  3. Kidney inflammation. When a person urinates, blood coming out with it is never a good sign. It gets even worse when one has the urge to urinate frequently.
  4. Seizures. This may be one of the extreme symptoms though it is still something to be wary of. This would involved the brain and nervous system, also possibly affecting vision and the muscles.
  5. Joint pains and rheumatoid nodules. In what should be an extreme case, this is the ‘overlap syndrome’ mentioned earlier. Folks who may have had previous diagnosis of lupus could go on to develop rheumatoid nodules and joint pain consistent with RA. This is something that is most often seen in postmenopausal women with lupus.

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