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Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) Signs and Symptoms

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) is a diagnosis given to a collection of symptoms that have similarities to lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and other connective tissue diseases.  It is a chronic autoimmune condition whose signs and symptoms overlap with signs and symptoms of the afore-mentioned diseases.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease include:

  • Symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomena – cold sensitivity of the fingers and toes, with tingling, numbness and color changes of the skin
  • Rashes, including a Lupus-like rash on the face
  • Swollen hands
  • Swollen fingers
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hair loss
  • Spider veins on the face and hands
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Heartburn



Diagnosis of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

A diagnosis of mixed connective tissue disease is given when lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms overlap.  A diagnosis of mixed connective tissue disease may be difficult, and the disease sometimes progresses to a later diagnosis of one of these conditions.  Eight out of ten patients with mixed connective tissue disease are women.  It can occur at any age, though the average age of onset is late adolescence to the thirties.  Sometimes the symptoms are fairly mild, and can disappear for long periods of time.


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Hair Tissue Analysis Report

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We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like mixed connective tissue disease.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

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The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including MCTD.

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Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
Connective Tissue Diseases: Holistic Therapy Options–Sjoegren¿s Syndrome; Systemic Sclerosis – Scleroderma; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; Discoid Lupus Erythematosus; Secondary and Primary Raynaud¿s phenomenon; Raynaud¿s Disease; Polymyositis ¿ Dermatomyositis
Hannelore Helbing-Sheafe


Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Antinuclear Antibodies: International Symposium Proceedings (International Congress)
Reiji Kasukawa
Living Well with Autoimmune Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know
Mary J. Shomon


Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) Resources

General Patient Resources

  • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

Information, advocacy, events and forum.

http://www.aarda.org/forum2/comments.php?DiscussionID=29

  • Experience Project

Anonymously connect with people who share your experiences– like those who say ‘I Have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease’. Read hundreds of true stories, share your own story anonymously, get feedback and comments, chat in the discussion forum, help others, meet new friends, and so much more– all free.

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Have-Mixed-Connective-Tissue-Disease/93503

  • Lupus MCTD Foundation

An inactive site for reading only.

http://www.lupusmctd.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=602a5abb1cc69b6e2014494e6c0e6887;www



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatments for this rare autoimmune disorder.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mixed-connective-tissue-disease/DS00675

  • MedicineNet . com

Information on mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) symptoms, types, treatment and prognosis. MCTD is an overlap of lupus, scleroderma and polymyositis.

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

  • Medscape Reference

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/335815-overview

  • Professional articles, clinical insights and the latest treatments and technologies.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/335815-overview