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acarined
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   Posted 10/6/2015 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
What does your arthritis feel like? I've been diagnosed with Lupus by a rheum, and Lyme and Babesia by a LLMD, neither diagnosis has strong lab results to confirm it. The arthritis is well controlled by 400 mg of Plaquenil, at 200 mg it starts to break through. The pain is mostly in the outer finger joints and lasts about two minutes at a time, doesn't repeat in the same joint for many hours, and is never symmetrical on both sides of my body; the feeling is sharp and clamping. The other pain I get comes in waves, is more dull, and lasts longer.

None of my doctors have asked me exactly what the arthritis feels like. I'm wondering if it might be more typical of one disease or another, or if there's any difference.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 10/6/2015 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you asking what Lupus pain feels like?

Or what arthritis pain feels like?

Lupus is not a type of arthritis, and arthritis is not a type of Lupus, so I am a bit confused.
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acarined
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   Posted 10/6/2015 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
The arthritis caused by Lupus, is the pain typically sharp or dull, and what's the duration?

Lynnwood
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   Posted 10/6/2015 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Lupus doesn't cause arthritis.

Lupus pains come in all varieties. Generally joint & muscle pains last for a period of time, but sometimes they can be short and stabbing if it's a ligament that is inflamed when you happen to use it. For instance, my pointer finger on my right hand, sometimes the end joint is inflamed, I can see some swelling. But pain is only stabbing if I put too much pressure on the joint.

Plaquenil doesn't control arthritis pain, if anything it controls Lupus disease progression.

I have no idea if your issues are from arthritis, Lupus, or Lyme.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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acarined
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   Posted 10/6/2015 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
That was helpful, thanks for the explanation.
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