Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Turn Into Lupus?
Doctor, can rheumatoid arthritis develop into lupus? Because the longer the pain that I experience due to rheumatoid arthritis is increasingly similar to the symptoms of lupus, for example, the chest often suddenly hurts when breathing air even though I had never before. There is just no rash on my face. Thanks.
Good evening, thanks for the question
Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
are both autoimmune diseases. Because the basic causes are the same, in practice the two diseases often provide almost identical symptoms. There are actually many differences between lupus and RA that can be seen. The clearest similarity in these two diseases is attacking the joints.
Lupus can attack joints, but it is more common in internal organs and skin than RA. Lupus is classified as heavier than RA because it can cause various complications, such as kidney failure, blood clotting disorders, or seizures where the condition will not be found in patients with RA.
On the other hand RA certainly attacks joints as the main complaint. Joints that affect are fingers, wrists, knees, and ankles. RA can also cause permanent joint changes, while lupus does not. RA can also be associated with symptoms of lung inflammation and painful bumps on the skin. Pain associated with RA will generally worsen in the morning and will decrease with the passage of the day. Whereas in lupus the pain is generally constant throughout the day.
RA may not develop to later become lupus. But do not rule out the possibility that one individual experiences both chronic diseases at one time. We recommend that you further consult your condition with your doctor if you feel that you have complaints outside of RA symptoms.
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