Diagnosing systemic lupus is complicated in the sense that you need to look at the entire picture of a patient’s presentation and their laboratory workup. In this video, Dr. Stojan with the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center, discusses the process of diagnosing Lupus.
The old American College of Rheumatology criteria in the definition of what is considered to be brain lupus included headaches. Patients would be treated for these headaches as if they were part of lupus. Studies since have shown that headaches in lupus patients are not more common than in the general population.
Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a condition that results in decreased blood flow to your fingers and toes. There are two types of Raynaud’s, primary and secondary. Dr. Zsuzsanna McMahan from the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center dives into what this condition is, things to look out for, how to manage and when you should speak with a doctor.