Lupus often mistaken for arthritis


Lupus is easily mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis. In both illnesses the joints most commonly affected are those of the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Joint pain is the first-noted symptom in about three-quarters of lupus cases, and over 90 percent of diagnosed cases experience arthritis at some time. The most common pattern is to experience stiffness, tenderness, and swelling of the fingers and writs upon waking. Unlike the joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis, which in many cases is unremitting unless treated, lupus arthritis usually comes and goes and varies in intensity.

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