How do I know if I have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

How do I know if I have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

No one test can tell if you have RA or lupus. Instead, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and family history, do a physical exam, and order some lab and imaging tests. During the physical exam, your doctor will feel your joints to see if the swelling feels hard. If it does, it could mean you have osteoarthritis.

What does lupus arthritis feel like?

Lupus can also cause inflammation in the joints, which doctors call “inflammatory arthritis.” It can make your joints hurt and feel stiff, tender, warm, and swollen. Lupus arthritis most often affects joints that are farther from the middle of your body, like your fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and toes.

What are the symptoms of lupus arthritis?


  • Fatigue.
  • Fever.
  • Joint pain, stiffness and swelling.
  • Butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose or rashes elsewhere on the body.
  • Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure.
  • Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods.

What are the worst symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?

  • Back pain, usually most severe at night during rest.
  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Stooped posture in response to back pain (bending forward tends to relieve the pain)
  • Straight and stiff spine.
  • Inability to take a deep breath, if the joints between the ribs and spine are affected.

What does an ankylosing spondylitis flare up feel like?

The most common symptoms were pain, extreme tiredness, not being able to move well, and emotional changes like depression. Some also had other symptoms, such as feeling like they had the flu, sweating, and a fever. People said their joints felt hot and burning. Muscle spasms and more sensitivity also happened.

How does lupus affect hands and feet?

Joint pain is common in lupus, especially in the small joints of the hands and feet. The pain often moves from joint to joint. Joint pain, swelling and stiffness can be the main symptoms for some people with lupus. In most cases, lupus is unlikely to cause permanent damage or change the shape of joints.

What can be mistaken for ankylosing spondylitis?

Enteropathic Arthritis It involves joints in your arms and legs, most often your lower legs. It can also cause inflammation in your lower spine and sacroiliac joints or affect your entire spine — similar to AS.

What does ankylosing spondylitis fatigue feel like?

“Fatigue from inflammation in ankylosing spondylitis can feel like you have the flu. You can ache all over,” says Rochelle Rosian, MD, the director of regional rheumatology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “That’s because inflammation affects your whole body, not just your joints.”

Does ankylosing spondylitis affect your legs?

Most often, ankylosing spondylitis first appears in the sacroiliac joints between the spine and pelvis, causing pain in the buttocks, hips, and lower back. But it can show up in other joints too—mainly the neck, arms, or legs.

What are the 11 markers for lupus?

The 11 Signs of Lupus: What You Need to Know

  • A butterfly-shaped rash across both sides of the face.
  • Raised, red skin patches.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Ulcers in the mouth or nose.
  • Arthritis plus swelling or tenderness in two or more joints.
  • Seizures or other nervous system problems.
  • Excessive protein in urine.

Can you have lupus and ankylosing spondylitis?

The coexistence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is very rare, and, to the best of our knowledge, there are only 8 reported cases in the English literature.

Does ankylosing spondylitis cause weight gain?

Weight gain The pain, stiffness, and fatigue can make it difficult to engage in physical activities. You may also feel stress and other mental health impacts that make engaging in exercise more challenging. A reduction in your activity levels can lead to weight gain.