Hi Kimntwins :lol:
As I was reading your post, I was thinking that you might be suffering from several different auto-immune disorders (aka: undifferentiated connective tissue disease or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease) as many of us do. Now that your doctors have at least made that diagnoses, they will probably start trying to find out which disorders you are suffering from. Although, many doctors, after making that diagnosis, do no further testing and just begin to treat the symptoms.
Many of us suffer from Lupus as well as other disorders (both connective tissue disorders and other maladies). Some of the common connective tissue disorders that can be seen with Lupus are:
* Raynaud's Syndrome
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
Many connective-tissue diseases share similar symptoms and this is what makes it so difficult to make a specific diagnosis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc), polymyositis (PM), dermatomyositis (DM), and Sjögren syndrome (SS) all have very similar physical and clinical features. Screening serology findings, such as rheumatoid factor (RF) or antinuclear antibody (ANA), may be positive or negative under some of these clinical circumstances.
Patients who present with symptoms, positive blood/lab results, or physical symptoms consistent with one of the connective-tissue diseases, but who do not fulfilling the classification criteria for any one specific connective-tissue diseases will usually be diagnosed with undifferentiated connective-tissue disease (UCTD), as you have. UCTD is a relatively new entity and preliminary classification criteria for a UCTD diagnosis includes: (1) signs and symptoms suggestive of a connective-tissue disease, (2) positive ANA results, and (3) a disease that lasts at least 3 years.
Your hands may be presenting symptoms of scleroderma or polymyositis or maybe even dermatomyositis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. As these are some of the connective tissue diseases that many Lupus patients also suffer from, it might be advisable for you to ask your doctor about these possibilities.
I am happy that you found us and that you joined our family. There will always be someone here to help you, answer your questions or just listen and provide comfort, if that is what you need. I wish you the very best.
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