The Lupus Forum banner
1 - 1 of 6 Posts

· Registered
377 Posts

Lupus is a connective tissue disease and that can include the tendons. I know of at least 2 members on this forum that have had ankle problems related to their lupus. Here is a brief bit on lupus and tendons from The Lupus Book 3rd edition. The sentences are part of larger paragraphs with more detailed discussion.

"Only joints lined with Synovium can be involved in lupus. In active lupus , synovium grows and thickens as part of the inflammatory response. Synovium also lines the tendons and bursae. Inflammation of these structures may lead to deformity if ligaments or tendons rupture. pages 78-80"

I know that in the USA, in the past, Orthopedic Surgeons had a bad reputation. I can understand your concern over surgery. Is the orthopedic doctor you are seeing a referral from your rheumatologist? I would suggest getting a 2nd opinion preferably with a doctor familiar with connective tissue diseases. I would also discuss with your rheumatologist what can be done to better control your lupus since this is the 2nd incidence of tendon rupture that you are dealing with.

Let us know how things go.

Take care,
1 - 1 of 6 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.