Distinguishing between Lupus Joint Pain and Arthritis

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Mrs. Brady
Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2015
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 12/1/2016 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe this is a silly question, but how can you distinguish between joint pain caused by lupus and that caused by arthritis (or that caused by UC as an extra intestinal manifestation)? For the past several weeks my feet, ankles, fingers and back have been really stiff in the morning and eventually loosen up a little but still hurt all day. If I sit for too long it becomes painful to walk. This is different than when I was initially diagnosed as that pain was much more severe - like an 8 on a scale of 1 - 10, this is about a 3 - 4 but is really wearing me out because it's day in and day out. I have been taking Epsom salt baths with feels great while I am in the tub but the pain comes back along with some stiffness. Also, I wake up during the night and my hands are numb. They don't get tingly when the feeling comes back, it just comes back slowly by moving them to a different position. This happens periodically throughout the day normally when I have my wrists in a specific position like driving or putting on mascara. Any insight or suggestions is really appreciated.
Hoshimoto's Hypothyroidism DX Oct 1997
Pancolitis DX Feb, 2016
GERD DX Nov 2013
Lupus, DX Sept 2015
Medications - Synthroid; Hydrocort Enemas; Prilosec; Iron; Plaquenil; Vit D
Past Meds: Lialda and Imuran - adverse reactions to both, discontinued

Elite Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 12/2/2016 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
You might have a compressed nerve.

My hands were doing that last spring. My neurologist told me I had medial tunnel syndrome. the nerves in my elbows were being pinched due to inflammation. I try to be mindful of how long I bend my elbows and if I put pressure on them.

My mother has B12 deficiency and her hands fall asleep at night when it's time for her shot.
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 7723
   Posted 12/2/2016 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It's really hard to distinguish between one kind of joint pain and another. One way to tell the difference seems to be to test and see if the pain responds to certain medications. Some meds seem to help arthritis pain more, some help Lupus-induced pain more.

But, in general both arthritis and Lupus produce inflammation, and it's the inflammation that in turn produces pain. Sometimes if you visit the Dr while you have pain, a blood test can give them more information as to what is going on.

Best wishes,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:22 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,004,519 posts in 329,151 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161743 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, worldmicroblade.
262 Guest(s), 4 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
PeterDisAbelard., John-Can, moeskeeter, BOB 46