Thursday, June 18, 2009 MonicaJo, Community Member, asks

Q: RA and Lupus...can you have both?

Just got back from my Dr and he thinks I am having Lupus symptoms...I have had RA for 13 years now.  When I go out in the sun I break out in nasty hives that stick around for at least a day.  Even goes through thin clothing.  Is it possible to have both?  Has anyone else ever had this problem?

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Brad, Health Guide
6/19/09 2:03am


What RA meds are you on? Don't know if it is related, but most of my drugs warn against sun exposure. I know my rheumy looked deep into Lupus even after I was dx'd with RA. So I imagine you could have both. Feel better soon!

 

Brad

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MonicaJo, Community Member
6/19/09 2:20pm

Thank you :)  we went through my meds said none should cause that...but with all the chemicals you get to put into your body who the heck knows!! :)

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hugs, Community Member
10/ 2/09 3:35pm

actually yes I have I get a red patchy hives type thing going on like around the top of my ankles were my socks end and it also gets a little swollen is that what your talking about .this has been going on for years with my arthritise and I have the same symptoms as lupis so I do belieave it is possible to have both    reenie</

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sandramarie, Community Member
10/ 3/09 6:16pm

Have you thought about sjogrens? This makes your skin red and sensitive to the sun. Alot of people that have RA also have this disease. My doctor thought that I had RA but it so far has turned out to be Sjogrens only but has all the symptoms of RA along with constant thirst and dry eyes and of course the skin problems.

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Michelle, Community Member
10/ 4/09 11:39pm

Hello  ...I was wanting to comment on the question if you can have...Lupus & RA at the sametime ...and yes...you can...I got diagnosed with Lupus when I was 21yrs old and RA when I was 25 yrs old....and Ive been living with both...I am 33yrs old nowLaughing and let me tell you it has been very hard......But we will overcome....

Thanks ....Michelle

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Carol, Community Member
10/ 5/09 9:09am

Yes, I have both...RA first then Lupus both test are different and both were positive

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koalafehr, Community Member
10/ 5/09 10:25am

Yes you can have both.

Has the Dr run a lupus panel on you?  Check your area for any Lupus seminars as they are very helpful. I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago November 1 with Lupus.  I am not able to be in the sun very long not only because of medicine but the sensitivity to the sun.  By the way here is a great company www.coolibar.com that has hats and clothing that are great sunprotection and  very reasonable prices. 

I was told 2 years ago that I also have RA and also have signs of Sjogrens syndrome. I have great confidence in my Rhuemetologist and she treats the symptoms as they come up.

 

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MonicaJo, Community Member
10/ 5/09 9:31pm

Thanks for all the answers!  He did run a panel on me and my ANA (?) was very high and has been apparently for a few years.  But it is up and down, not consistent.  He does not seem to think it very serious as I don't see him but every six months, and who likes to complain.  Symptoms suck...work as a retail manager and it just gets so hard day after day.  I love this board and all the support you get! Hope you all have a great day!!

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MonicaJo, Community Member
10/ 5/09 9:31pm

Thanks for all the answers!  He did run a panel on me and my ANA (?) was very high and has been apparently for a few years.  But it is up and down, not consistent.  He does not seem to think it very serious as I don't see him but every six months, and who likes to complain.  Symptoms suck...work as a retail manager and it just gets so hard day after day.  I love this board and all the support you get! Hope you all have a great day!!

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