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    RA vs. Osteo on x-rays

    RA causes thickening of the synovial lining of the joints, and it causes a characteristic erosion of the joint, which looks different from Osteoarthritis in an x-ray. Osteoarthritis, on the other...
  2. Poll: Call me Cleopatra

    This isn't quite denial, but I think it's related.

    Any time I am feeling crappy (fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and rheumatoid arthritis) and complain to my husband, who has arthritis, he...
  3. Full spectrum sunscreen

    A full spectrum sunscreen may be more effective than regular sunscreen, too. My rheumy told me about one (can I mention the name?) called Blue Lizard. It works a lot better than the one I used to...
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    lupus and pregnancy, esp. after 35?

    I'm a relative newbie here. I have UCTD, with anti-Sm and low titers of a couple of other lupus things (can't remember all the acronyms now), plus this last blood test showed Rheumatoid factor 3 and...
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    sunblock

    I used Total Block last summer and it did work -- but it is horrendously expensive for a little bottle (a little bigger than a glue stick) and an icky orange color that rubs off on your clothes.
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  6. Thread: Blood tests

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    Blood tests

    Hi all,

    I was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease about a year and a half ago. I've been on Plaquenil since and have been relatively symptom-free (a few small flares, mostly...
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    Exactly what I've been wondering...

    You hit my next question right on the head... Everything I've read says that there's no one blood test that can be used to diagnose lupus. However, my rheumatologist said the anti-SM is 100%...
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    Not sure what to think...

    So I went to the doctor because I was losing some hair. He did a variety of tests, thyroid and other stuff, and referred me to a Rheumatologist because of a "possible positive ANA."

    She repeated...
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