what causes arthritis? also, in any way is it related to lupus?
Topic: what causes arthritis? also, in any way is it related to lupus?
November 14, 2019 / By Frank Question:
my mother might have lupus or arthritis, i dunno, she wants to know what causes these things and any other important information on it.
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Dayton | 5 days ago
I was diagnosed with a type of spondyloarthropathy a few years ago. Still not entirely sure what the formal diagnosis is, but I just know I have it.. lol
I know that my type of arthritis is hereditary. I think some types are caused by wear and tear to joints (years of jogging, weightlifting, repetitive activites...), and these can happen to anyone. But for others, it's hard-wired into their DNA.
90-95% of the people who have my kind of arthritis (see the first line, because I'm not typing it again) are HLA-B27 positive, just as I am. No, its not a venereal disease. Human Leukocyte Antigen B27. It's a tissue type that overreacts when the immune system tells the body to trigger an inflammatory response. The result is joint pain, and weird things like iritis (inflammation of the iris of the eye, extremely painful, and requires steroid drops to batter it into remission). It's relatively rare to be HLA-B27 positive, but it's more common in certain ethnicities.
Have your mother ask her doctor to have this test done. I don't think it's associated with systemic lupus, but it is with certain kinds of arthritis. It's a simple blood test, and it may help point the doctor in the right direction, and know whether she needs to be referred to a rheumatologist.
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I don't know exactly what causes Arthritis, but I do know it could be genetics. I am not sure if there is any known link to lupus, however I do have a few friends within the same family that suffer from both lupus and rhematoid arthritis. So maybe it is a link.
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My mom had lupus a few years ago she is in remission now. There are twoo kinds of lupus. One is systemic which attacks your organs and inside stuff. The other attacks your skin and surface. She lost some hair in one spot. Arthritis has many many forms also. My sister has rhumatoid arthritis which really affects joints. Arthritis and the systemic form of lupus both can affect joints and organs alike. She should ask her doctor with more questions. Good luck to her.
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First there are two distinct types of arthritis osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is somewhat like lupus in that they are both auto-immune disorders, the cause is unknown. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, that is seemingly just the result of use. You can find more information on all of these disorders by a google search.
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Originally Answered: It is said that humans are related to primates?
Um, you'd better go back to the zoo and look at the hands on the chimpanzees again. They look very similar to human hands. Not just skin-deep either; the skeletal hands look very similar as well.
Among numerous similarities, great apes such as the chimpanzee have opposable thumbs, the same as humans. Cats and dogs do not have opposable thumbs.
Not sure why you think cat paws "are more similar to human hands than any other animal". That's simply incorrect. Cats walk with their phalanges (toes) flat on the ground, and the metatarsals raised at an angle so the heel is off the ground (digitigrade locomotion). Humans walk plantigrade - our metatarsals are flat, and our heel strikes the ground as we walk.
The human collarbone (clavicle) is attached to the pectoral girdle, showing we're descended from creatures which swung through trees with their arms. Our eye sockets are solid bone - the same as primates, but unlike most other mammals. When you add things like brain-to-body size ratio (encephalisation), optic structures in the brain, digestive organs (a long caecum), biochemistry and the very close genetic relationship between humans and chimpanzees and gorillas, it is clear we are closely related to the apes and other primates.
Based on genetic comparison, humans and dogs last shared a common ancestor around 94 million years ago:
... and humans and cats last shared a common ancestor around 64 million years ago:
Whereas humans and chimpanzees last shared a common ancestor a mere 6.3 million years ago:
Therefore humans are more closely related to chimpanzees than to dogs or cats.
Hope it helps.