Rheumatoid and lupus overlap

Cat1990 Member Posts: 5
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis


New to the group :) I feel so happy to have somewhere to ask questions and post my feelings not many people seem to understand!

This year I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus has been a whirlwind as I only went to my GP with what I thought was an infection in my finger. However now diagnosed lots of things make so much sense.

I've recently been seen by a physio who found I have a positive clonus reflex and have now been referred to neurology, has anyone else had this additional symptom - wobbly reflexes is what I would call it.




  • Naomi33
    Naomi33 Moderator Posts: 151

    Hello @Cat1990 and welcome to the online community.

    We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that will be your experience as well.

    I believe you are enquiring about  RA , Lupus and clonus reflexes the following links maybe of use .......

    Please keep posting and let us know how you are getting on and I am sure others will connect with you soon.

    With best wishes


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  • Cat1990
    Cat1990 Member Posts: 5

    @Naomi33 thank you for the links and your kind words, they are really helpful xx

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,608


    Sorry you seem to be collecting diseases. I just have RA and OA. I think it's uncommon for RA and lupus to go together but certainly possible. As for the 'positive clonus reflex' I admit I've never heard of it. I did a check and it seems to be a neurological problem. I've never seen it mentioned on here before but I do wish you luck with it. Please let's know how you get on. Pain is pain is pain whatever the source. We can all empathise with that

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  • Cat1990
    Cat1990 Member Posts: 5

    I have been referred to neurology but my symptoms have changed, I have made a GP appointment but hate feeling like I'm just pestering them 🙃 I wish I had a doctor friend that would be easier 🙈

  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 1,486


    If your symptoms are more worrying your GP will be happy to see you please don't feel like you are 'pestering' them.

    Do let us know how you get on


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  • Cat1990
    Cat1990 Member Posts: 5

    GP was really understanding did a full face to face neurological assessment and has made my neurology referral urgent, the last was just over the phone. He discussed MND but I guess they have to give you worst case scenario, my hopes are on a deficiency - bloods are booked in. I've also booked in to see a physio again :)