There are many conditons that have similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis, which can make it hard to diagnose. Some of these include psoriatic arthritis, erosive inflammatory arthritis, gout and lupus, which can all present with painful, swollen joints. It's important to know the similarities and differences to help determine if you have RA or something else.
Is there an association between rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)? Can someone have both diseases or must he or she be diagnosed with only one? What are the challenges in addressing these questions and more? From a recent article published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy, the average RA patient has…