A disorder that should not be ignored, connective tissue disease or collagen vascular disease should be treated immediately to avoid further problems that might result from this condition. These are some guidelines on what you should do if you are suffering from this disorder.

Connective tissue disease or collagen vascular disease is a group of autoimmune disorders with no known causes. The connective tissues are the ones that bind together and support the different organs in the body. These are made up of collagen and elastin, which are protein molecules. Elastin is the one that is responsible for the stretch and return of ligaments to their original state while collagen is the main component of tissues, ligaments and other body parts. There are different kinds of connective tissue disorder including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, dermatomyositis and polyarteritis nodosa.

In order to know if you have connective tissue disease, you will have to learn about the different signs and symptoms. These will depend on the particular type of collagen vascular disease that you have but there are some manifestations that are common among them. There will be manifestations involving the bones and the joints such as swelling, redness and pain on the joints, problems with growth and having loose joints. You may also experience scarring, blisters, bruising, skin discolorations and other similar signs. Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, body malaise, muscle pains and swelling of the hands and fingers. Once you notice these changes, you need to see your doctor so that you will be properly assessed. Assessment and different tests will allow the doctor to come up with an accurate diagnosis so that a treatment plan will be made for you.

The treatment of connective tissue disease will depend on the particular type of disorder that you have. You will be given certain medications that will manage the manifestations that you have. Anti-inflammatory medications are commonly given to reduce the swelling and redness as well as manage the pain. On your part, you should also do some lifestyle changes for you to maintain an optimum health condition. You should see to it that you are properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and water. You should have plenty of rest and have enough exercises. A balanced diet is also required as well as maintaining a healthy body weight. It is also of utmost importance that you follow the instructions that your doctor has given to you. Take your medications as ordered and if there are foods and activities that you need to avoid, then do so. Have regular check ups too so that your progress will be monitored.

When you do these treatment methods and lifestyle changes that were mentioned, you will then be avoiding the complications of connective tissue disorder. These complications include difficulties with doing your daily activities, worsening of pain and possible dysfunction, deformities and destruction of your joints. Also, when you do these management tips you will be able to maintain the quality of your life, being able to do your tasks without too much discomfort.

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  1. Ash W

    How do autoimmune disease affect fertility and pregnancy?
    I would like to start trying for a baby next year. I have chronic erticaria and raynauds, and I have been tested for lupus twice and recieved a low positive result. I am really worried.

    1. .

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) may appear for the first time, worsen, or become less severe during pregnancy. How a pregnancy affects the course of lupus cannot be predicted, but the most common time for flare-ups is immediately after delivery.

      Women who develop lupus often have a history of repeated miscarriages, fetuses that do not grow as much as expected, and preterm delivery. If women have complications due to lupus (such as kidney damage or high blood pressure), the risk of death for the fetus or newborn is increased.

      In pregnant women, lupus antibodies may cross the placenta to the fetus. As a result, the fetus may have a very slow heart rate, anemia, a low platelet count, or a low white blood cell count. However, these antibodies gradually disappear over several weeks after the baby is born, and the problems they cause resolve except for the slow heart rate.

      Autoimmune Disorders: The abnormal antibodies produced in autoimmune disorders can cross the placenta and cause problems in the fetus. Miscariage often happen in 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy affects different autoimmune disorders in different ways.

      Raynaud’s comes in two forms. One is Raynaud’s disease, which occurs in isolation. The other is Raynaud’s phenomenon, which occurs in conjunction with other diseases, including scleroderma, a hardening and shrinking of the skin; lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system and mucous membranes; and rheumatoid arthritis. Raynaud’s phenomenon also commonly occurs in people who use vibrating or hammering tools or instruments
      It’s not known why more women than men have Raynaud’s, but women get autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and lupus more than men do, and Raynaud’s often develops with these.

      Pregnancy often aggravating urticaria.

      Your condition is very complicated.But there are many worst condition. Baby are worthed, every women ready to sacrifice almost everything to have baby. You might need ask your family to support you, get as many information as you can, and very important to cooperate with your physicians. Select them carefully. We want you and your future babies to be safe.

      Best wishes.

  2. ~ Pussycat Doll In Training ~

    How effective is a cytokine panel in determining if you have an autoimmune disease like lupus?
    I know it tests for many markers, but is it really a good test that expresses these traits or is it more of a hit or miss kind of test?

  3. mommie09

    what do you call a person who says that have different types of diseases to get attention?
    My mother says she has lupus and she tested negative for it, but she still tells people that she has it. she also says she has fibromyalgia, macular degeneration, and a ton of other diseases. and when doctors try to give her medicine for it she says that she is allergic. I don’t feel bad for her anymore when she tell me she is not feeling good. Am I a bad daughter for thinking that?

    1. Survivor

      Hypochondriac or I think Munchaesen Syndrome?? For some people that is the only way they know how to get some attention, just like bad kids, sometimes they are acting out purely for attention. Try paying special attention to her, don’t feed into the lies, but ask how she’s feeling or something and see if that helps the situation. You only have one mother, so do your best to help her when you can:)

  4. Dani J

    what causes lower abdominal pain with lupus?
    I just found out I have Lupus on monday, I learned that I have had it for 12 years. I have been having lower abdominal pain for the past year, no one could find the cause. This pain is just like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, could it just be IBS or associated with the Lupus?

    1. Linda R

      When we have lupus and something goes wrong with our bodies, our first inclination is to blame it on the lupus. Although lupus can affect any part of the body, the bowel is not one of its favorite places. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Lupus likes to bring friends (other autoimmune diseases) along with it.

      From my experience with lupus patients, gluten can be a source of bowel issues for some. You might ask to be tested for Celiac disease. It is also possible to have IBS and lupus.

  5. Sweet Pea

    What does it mean to have a possible positive lupus test?
    I have been having serious joint pain for some time now. My doctor tested me for arthritis, RA, and lupus. He said the test came back as a possible positive for lupus and he is sending me to a Rheumatologist for further testing. Does this mean they just don’t know or does it mean they are sending me for a confirmation? Has anybody had this happen to them?

    1. gpk.gr

      Dear Sweat Pea,
      the diagnosis of rheumatic diseases and specially systemic lupus erythematosus is based on clinical findings and past medical history. Laboratory values are use mainly for confirmation and sometimes to estimate disease activity. Please be patient until you visit your rheumatologist. As a specialist he will guide you through the differential diagnostic of arthritis (over 200 types!). I’m pretty sure you will feel frustrated after the first visit but afterwards you will begin to built a relationship with your rheumatologist based on his ability to understand your complaints and relieve your pain. Feel free to contact me and ask again!

  6. Battlebatty

    How can I tell the difference between Fifth disease and Lupus?
    I have red blotches on my face, some minor rashes and i had a few ulcers last week, I just recently developed the blotches.
    My parents think I might have lupus.
    I have never been so scared in my life.

    1. SleepyRadish

      Fifth disease is something children get. Classic Lupus symptoms are: butterfly rash (redness on cheeks and across bridge of nose), sores in the nose or mouth, fatigue, joint pain, and dry mouth. Go see your family doctor. He can initiate some of the testing. A positive ANA (blood test) with a negative RA (blood test to show arthritic inflammation) would indicate Lupus. If he thinks you have it, he can refer you to a Rheumatologist. Please don’t be afraid. I was diagnosed with Lupus over 18 years ago. I take daily medication that keeps things under control.
      Anyway, it might be something else! Go get checked out, so you can quit worrying. Best of luck to you.

  7. Cassia

    Is there anyway I can get tested for lupus without my fathers consent?
    I’m currently 15, and my father won’t get me tested for lupus even though my mother has it. I show signs of Lupus, and my mother wants to get me tested (my parents are divorced) what should I do? How can I get these tests done, just to be sure, without my fathers consent? Is there anyway?
    I have no “doctor”, and i have these symptoms:
    Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
    Unexplained fever
    Red rashes, most commonly on the face
    Chest pain upon deep breathing
    Extreme fatigue
    And Swelling (edema) in legs
    mouth ulcers

  8. roxemarie

    Is it possible to have lupus even though non of your family has lupus?
    I have tested positive for lupus, and I have many lupus symptoms. My doctors believe I may have lupus, but I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus. All of my family members are very healthy. No one in my family has any illnesses. No one in my family has ever had any type of autoimmune disease. I am the first and only person. Is this possible and how could this be?

  9. Ruth

    Do all people diagnosed with the disease Lupus test positive to lupus anticoagulant as well?
    I know that a positive lupus anticoagulant test doesn’t mean that a person has Lupus, but i wonder if people with lupus have the lupus anticoagulant too?

    1. Shadow

      well i have lupus and to answer your question lupus anticoagulants are often found in people who have systematic lupus erythematosus, which is also called SLE.

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