Question: is there any difference in the treatment of MCTD and SLE? Here's why I'm asking...
I visited my GP after developing Raynauds and what I thought was RSI in my hands/wrists early this year. My ANA test came back positive, along with a positive RNP result. My GP referred me to a private rheumatologist, who checked me out and found a few things I hadn't noticed (poor tear production, dilated nail bed capillaries, puffy/swollen fingers, myalgia). He mentioned MCTD and sent me off for some more tests.
During my second appointment with the rheumatologist, we discussed test results and the only potential concern was lung function (heart and kidneys are fine). He then changed the diagnosis to SLE while commenting that a diagnosis of MCTD is controversial. Thing is, when I initially read up on MCTD, the symptoms seemed a perfect fit. SLE seems less of a match as I do not have any rashes/light sensitivity.
I guess if the treatment is the same then it doesn't really matter? I started taking hydroxychloroquine on Monday.
Thanks for reading! Any opinions?