Connective tissue disease

Scapulothoracic bursitis

Scapulothoracic bursitis can mimic other problems. It can be very hard to diagnose and may only be found after other diagnosis have been ruled out. True scapulothoracic bursitis is caused by an abnormal growth or lesion that is located between the scapula and the rib cage. The scapulothoracic joint is located where the scapula or […]

Polymyositis symptoms

The symptoms of polymyositis tend to gradually appear over a period of time and therefore it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint exactly when they started. You may also find that your symptoms tend to fluctuate from week to week. The most common symptom of polymyositis is a progressive weakness in the muscles. The muscles […]

Polymyositis treatment

Polymyositis is a disease which causes the muscles to become weak and inflamed. This disease usually affects the elderly but in some rare cases can also be found in the very young. This condition is more common in women than in men. People who have Polymyositis usually experience a general muscle weakness and fatigue in […]


Dermatomyositis (DM) is rare autoimmune disease of the muscles that is characterized by muscle weakness, a rash and inflammation of the muscles. It is listed among a category of diseases called myopathies. Dermatomyositis causes the muscles to shrink due to a lack of blood flow. This disease is found in children between the ages of […]

Scleroderma symptoms

Scleroderma is a group of progressive diseases involving tightening of the skin and the fibers that provide the framework for the body. Localized scleroderma only affects the skin on the body. Systemic scleroderma affects the skin as well as the internal organs. Scleroderma is a very rare disease, affecting approximately only 250 out of one […]

Bursitis treatment

When you picture your skeleton, you probably see in your mind’s eye a version of the hanging bones in a scientist’s office or on a movie. While this may be an anatomically correct idea of your skeleton, there are still a lot of pieces missing from the actual picture. If your skeleton actually looked like […]

Lupus treatment

If you or anyone you know suffers from lupus, it is important to understand what actions and methods are available to you for viable lupus treatment. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune system overreacts, attacking one’s own tissues. Lupus typically targets the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It can affect […]

Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is defined as an inflammatory disease caused by the Group A streptococcus bacterium. The infection develops two to three weeks after a Group A streptococcal infection such as scarlet fever and strep throat. Rheumatic fever may involve the heart, skin, joints and the central nervous system. It is characterized by an exudative and […]

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Sometimes people who are experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms may not realize what the problem is. Fibromyalgia symptoms can sometimes be confused with symptoms of other diseases. Many times arthritis can be confused with this disorder. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that involves the musculoskeletal parts of the body where can feel a lot of pain in muscles, […]

Lupus symptoms

Lupus is a type of chronic inflammatory disease which occurs when the body’s immune system turns against its own tissues and organs. Because of the specific style of spreading pattern, sometimes it is called an autoimmune, rheumatic disease. Inflammation by lupus might affect different systems of human bodies like skins, joints, blood cells, kidneys, lungs […]

Osteogenesis imperfecta

Osteogenesis Imperfecta or OI is also referred to as the Brittle Bone Disease. It is a genetic bone disorder which makes the bones fragile. Individuals who have osteogenesis imperfecta are born with the inability to make connective tissues or have defective connective tissues at birth. It is generally caused by a protein or type-I collagen […]

Dupuytren’s contracture

Dupuytren’s contracture is a type of hand deformity that causes the tissue under the palms to contract. Over time, this connective tissue becomes very tough, causing knots of tissue to form. Eventually, these knots merge into a thick cord that can actually pull back one or more of a person’s fingers so that they become […]


Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder that causes muscle and joint pain as well as fatigue. Fibromyalgia Syndrome is called a syndrome as it usually presents with a set number of symptoms. These symptoms include pain in the muscles and joints all over the body, weakness and fatigue which can become incapacitating, a pain threshold that […]

Fibromyalgia treatment

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic illness that is closely related to arthritis. Fibromyalgia has been a condition that has been misunderstood for sometime and is often misdiagnosed. Fibromyalgia symptoms include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and often many other symptoms as well. This condition can become very painful and hard to live with, which can often […]

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that affects many elderly and even some younger people and is a very painful disorder that causes inflammation in many parts of the body. Although it is generally marked by painful joints in the arms, hands, and wrists, it is actually much more widespread than that. Rheumatoid arthritis can […]