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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.


Okay. From your answers so far, you have Raynaud's and chest pain with deep breaths, but no pain in multiple joints or chronic rash.

The presence of any of the other symptoms mentioned earlier could help sort out whether you have a rheumatic disease to explain them all.

For example, if you also have prominent dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjogren's syndrome becomes a consideration. If you have prominent heartburn and skin thickening, scleroderma or CREST syndrome become more likely. While pain in the chest can be a problem in persons with lupus, most lupus patients also have joint and/or skin disease.

It's important to know that some of these symptoms are common even in people who are quite healthy and will remain so. For example, Raynaud's and heartburn are common in the population and do not by themselves indicate the presence of any of these associated rheumatic conditions.

The only way to sort out whether your rash, Raynaud's and other symptoms are related to one another and whether they need treatment is to see your physician for evaluation.

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