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Overlap Between SLE and RA

Discussion in 'Lupus News, Awareness and Research' started by MissDaisy 1, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. MissDaisy 1

    MissDaisy 1 Member

  2. mark176

    mark176 Active Member

    I can well believe that there is a strong overlap between both. The only thing that distinguishes one from the other is the type of antibody produced.
    Ultimately they all merge into the same class autoimmune. They are all treated same way using immunosuppressive drugs
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  3. keebler

    keebler Moderator

    We do have members who have both RA and lupus.
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  4. wolf1

    wolf1 Registered

    It's real. I have had sle and RA for years now but no wiser which one is causing what. It can get very painful and I don't want to move. Raynards and fibro on top, so never know what one the pain is coming from. It's not easy coping with it all but always remember to rest it's important.
  5. MissDaisy 1

    MissDaisy 1 Member

    My last ANA came out negative although I've had mildly positive ANA's in the past. I will find out more in late January. Waiting is always so hard.

    Rest is important and hard for me to remember. I am so used to running around.

    Do you have any tips on how often to rest? Would love to read any advice at all.

    Many thanks and Happy New Year!
  6. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    There is no formula on how often to rest. My body usually lets me know I've done too much if I pay attention to it. I usually get shaky and stumble but that is due to my CNS symptoms. Otherwise it is usually the fatigue taking over or my concentration getting worse.
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  7. NelliefromTexas

    NelliefromTexas New Member

    I have RA and Lupus. (Nelliefromtexas). I will not take prescribed drugs. I have searched and bought many alternative remedies, hoping for help. In the past 6 months, I finally found something that helps my energy...I still sleep a lot, but after all, I am 80! hah. I use Curcumin 750mg 3x dy, and Ashwaganda 600mg 2x dy. Curcumin helps my pain, Ashwaganda helps me BP and my fatigue. I also take Dr. Gundry's Reds and his probiotics for energy and stomach health. When starting these 2, I felt more energy and less pain in 2 days. All 4 reme Just started Glucocil for my energy and weight...we will see if that also helps.
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  8. susane

    susane Registered

    I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis which he said is an overlap with my Lupus.

  9. susane

    susane Registered

  10. susane

    susane Registered

    NelliefromTexas, how long have you had Lupus and Rhuematoid Arthritis. How have you done through the years using the non prescriptions drugs. I would really like to know. Thank you.

  11. MissDaisy 1

    MissDaisy 1 Member

    I hate to be the negative one here but homeopathic drugs will do little to help either RA or Lupus. Both illnesses are caused by the body turning on itself. Our immune system will need prescribed drugs to suppress the activity. Homeopathic drugs may help ease the pain but they can not stop the inflammation to the degree that prescription drugs can do.

    I'd prefer knowing the drugs I am taking will help calm my immune system as the inflammation has probably damaged my kidneys and joints.
  12. susane

    susane Registered

    Miss Daisy,
    I wonder this too. I mean I think I should be on stronger meds, but it is scarey. I feel so bad these days on my meds etc. I have been losing weight which I do need to too, and eating a completely healthy diet, but I still feel so bad, and no energy. Do you think that the bigger drugs that knock the over active things in our bodies helps you have more energy? I feel like the lupus is killing me.
  13. debatat

    debatat Moderator

    Susane, it is scary taking strong mecs but your doctor wouldnt prescribe them unless absolutely necessary. It takes some time for them to kick in but when they do they really help. Meds combined with gentle exercise, enough rest and healthy eating can go a long way to helping you feel better. I have just recently lost the extra weight I was carrying from steroids and that has made me feel so much healthier. Its little things you do yourself thst help, I find walking, just a small one even makes me feel much in control.
  14. susane

    susane Registered

    Thank you Deb. That is encouraging.

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