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Old 10-22-2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Diseases similar to Lupus?

Hello, folks. I'm a writer working on a story about a woman who experiences flare-ups of her Lupus (becomes fatigued and experiences joint pain/swelling pain). Problem for me is that the story is about a real person. I do not want to use her real disease in the story due to a connection that could be made. But the symptoms she experiences are very relevant to her actions and the plotline. So, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for a different disease but one that has similar symptoms as noted. The woman is 40 years old, she hasn't said anything to her new ongoing boyfriend but their relationship is becoming serious. She's concerned that it might chase him away when he learns of her medical condition, but the flare-ups have to be explained and he'll have to be told. Hence my trying to find which disease other than Lupus might fit (the fatigue and inflammatory pain being key elements)

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Old 10-23-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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Re: Diseases similar to Lupus?

What about rheumatoid arthritis? That has some of the same characteristics of lupus...particularly the joint pain and swelling. Just a thought.

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Re: Diseases similar to Lupus?

how about scleroderma or MCTD?

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Re: Diseases similar to Lupus?

Lyme Disease, AKA "the great imitator".

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Re: Diseases similar to Lupus?

What about fibromyalgia? It's hard to get a firm diagnosis of it because at first it appears to be lupus, ms, and even lyme. Fibro causes extreme exhaustion and joint and various body pains without inflammation like RA would. It disrupts a persons sleep patterns too. Best of luck on your book!

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Re: Diseases similar to Lupus?

UCTD is a vicious 'overlap' disease.

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