Is Lupus Arthritis A Genetic Predisposition Or A Viral Infection?

The doctor says you have lupus arthritis. You have heard of lupus and no doubt you’ve heard of arthritis, but can these two diseases be combined? Well the answer is yes! There are about 1.5 million people in the United States who suffer from lupus itself, comprising mostly women of child-bearing age. Of these 1.5 million sufferers, about 35 percent go on to develop arthritic lupus.

It is the most common cause of joint pain in lupus sufferers. Lupus arthritis is not deforming. The ligaments and tendons around the joints loosen, but does not cause permanent destruction of the bones.

Also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease and just like rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system inappropriately attacks tissues in various parts of the body, leading to tissue damage and illness.


Diagnosing Lupus Arthritis

This disease is difficult to diagnose because most of the tests for this ailment will have positive results for anyone who has lupus so the best ways to diagnose it is by physical examination, performing other tests to rule out similar conditions, and a comprehensive history of symptoms.

Secondly, it can be difficult to diagnose because of the similarities in symptoms with that of symptoms of bursitis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Therefore diagnosis of lupus arthritis has to be performed by trained physician.


Symptoms Of Lupus Arthritis

Typical symptoms are joint pain, morning stiffness and swelling in the joints, with tenderness and a feeling of warmth in one or more parts of the body. This combo disease does not usually cause joint damage or permanent deformity, but can be a very painful ailment. Some common areas affected include the elbows, hands, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, feet and toes.

Since lupus arthritis is generally a combination of two medical conditions, it depicts the signs, symptoms and complications of both medical conditions of arthritis and lupus, thereby affecting the joints of the body and also portraying the symptoms of lupus such as skin rash, autoimmune dysfunction of the immune system on joints and bones, kidneys and lungs disorders.

It is generally the joints of the extremities that are the most affected by arthritis lupus and in most cases the symptoms will appear symmetrically. For example, if you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis lupus in your hands, you will experience it in both hands, generally to equal degrees.


Is There A Cure For Lupus Arthritis?

Unfortunately, the answer is no! While lupus arthritis cannot be cured, it can usually be controlled with therapy and careful lifestyle. There is no absolute means to prevent it from developing either, but it can be treated as long as a diagnosis is made and proper treatment ensues.

Likewise, it is a variable disease so there is no cookie cutter treatment regimen for everyone. You might have to try different approaches of treatment for a period of months to find one that seems to work.

Conventional therapy requires taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to suppress the inflammation that causes the pain of lupus arthritis.


Diet And Supplements Regimen As Treatment



Helpful Foods
Increase your intake of complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, cereals, fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in ANTIOXIDANTS vitamin C and E, beta carotene, zinc and selenium which are beneficial for lupus also protects your heart, because are that if you have lupus, you probably also high blood cholesterol levels. High doses of vitamin $ up to 1,600 IU have been shown to reduce arthritic inflammation.

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain indoles that alter the metabolism of estrogen in a way that has a positive impact on lupus. Fresh citrus fruits, especially grapefruits are high in BIOFLAVANOIDS that seem to help lupus patients.

Because most lupus patients need to avoid exposure to the sun, they should increase their intake of vitamin D by taking supplements or consuming foods high in this vitamin such as fortified cereals and eggs.

Increase you intake of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is found in plant seeds such as evening primrose, borage, black currants, and flax. These essential fatty acids act as building blocks for prostaglandins, producing a less inflammatory environment for the body.


Harmful Foods
Alfalfa in any form, including sprouts worsens lupus symptoms in many patients. Mushrooms and some smoked foods may also cause problems for lupus sufferers.

If you are one of the majority of lupus sufferers whose diseases worsened by exposure to the sun or fluorescent light, avoid or limit foods such as celery, parsnips, parsley, lemons and limes which heighten photosensitivity.

Many lupus patients notice improvement after they decrease the consumption of fatty high-protein foods, especially animal products. Some experts recommend trying a vegetarian diet that allows eggs, skim milk and other low-fat dairy products.

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