Can I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus?

Is there an association between rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)? Can someone have both diseases or must he or she be diagnosed with only one? What are the challenges in addressing these questions and more?

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  1. Leslie Rott says:

    I have both lupus and RA. And it seems to me that a common concern amongst my doctors is that autoimmune diseases tend to breed others, so it is likely that there are more to come.

  2. Cate says:

    I have Lupus, RA, Crohn’s disease, and autoimmune thyroid disease…apparently some of us will tend to develope many AI diseases. The theory is that is one gets through it opens the gates for more.

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