Well finding info on the internet on UCTD is very difficult, believe me I've tried. There are some information but it doesn't all seem to be consistent.
I have a dx of UCTD and this is what my doc tells me (specific to my situation). I clearly meet more than 4 out of the 11 diagnostic criteria for lupus (I have malar rash, photosensitivity/rashes, arthralgia, mouth/nose ulcers, positive ANA and a few others not on the criteria list such as peripheral neuropathy, muscle pain, fatigue, etc) HOWEVER... I don't have the specific antibodies to lupus (SM and dsDNA) although I do have the anti-Ro antibodies. My doc says that the anti-Ro antibodies can go either way with Lupus or Sjogren's so until my bloodwork becomes more defined one way or the other, he is sticking with UCTD.
He actually believes that I have both Lupus and Sjogren's (I had a positive Schirmer's test at 4mm) but he is VERY conservative when it comes to diagnosing.
I am getting treated for both Lupus and Sjogren's so that is what I am focusing on now. I am so sick of the diagnosis game at the moment so I am just living with the UCTD diagnosis and since I'm being treated I'm in no rush for a specific diagnosis. I do see my rheumy regularly and get my labs regularly.
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007 (Lupus? Sjogren's? overlap?)
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Naproxen 1000mg, Xanax XR 2mg, Miralax 17g, Supplements
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