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   Posted 1/16/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I was wondering, with Lupus, do you have to have redness and inflammation with your joint pain, or do some just have the joint pain?

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   Posted 1/16/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
It can go either way.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, either way.  I have had inflammation with no pain, and then inflammation with pain. It's a gong show.....
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Redness and swelling with pain are usually indicative of RA or injury. Lupus can cause swelling with pain or pain with no outward evidence of swelling. There is a tissue that lines our joints that can swell without external signs and it is very painful.
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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a lot of joint pain with no "visible" inflammation but my rheumy can feel it in my joints.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
No visible pain, usually. Rheumy always seems to find the joints, though! LOL
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   Posted 1/16/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have only had the redness and swelling one time when I had gout! Ouch! Usually there is no redness or swelling. Judy
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