MCTD, mixed connective tissue disease is an auto-immune disorder which combines the symptoms of a number of different illnesses including systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and polymyositis. MCTD can also be known as Sharp’s Syndrome.

Basically, an auto-immune disorder is when your body’s defence system starts attacking itself.

Almost everyone with mixed connective tissue disease has aching joints. There is swelling and pain typical of joint inflammation (arthritis). Mixed connective tissue disease damages the muscle fibres, so the muscles may feel weak and sore, especially in the shoulders and hips. Tasks such as lifting the arms above the shoulders, climbing stairs, and getting out of a chair can become very difficult.

Raynaud’s syndrome  is another symptom when the fingers suddenly become very pale and tingle or become numb or blue in response to cold.

There are so many different symptoms. These are some of what I have experienced but is definitely not a complete list. Read more here:

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec05/ch068/ch068f.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/mixed_connective_tissue_disease/article.htm

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