Connective Tissue Disorders
This is a very difficult group of rare conditions described as ‘autoimmune’ - meaning that the body’s own immune defences have turned against the body’s own organs.
For the majority it leads to distressing symptoms of joint and muscle pains and weakness and skin rashes; but can progress to involve more critical organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.
Management depends on the severity of the major organ involvement and can range from simple painkillers only to complicated immune system suppressing medications and steroids.
They are too complex to explain individually in detail here, but useful information can be found via the links below.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
Inflammatory Muscle diseases