Overview of Autoimmune Disorders of Connective Tissue
Connective tissue is what holds your organs together. There's some connective tissue in every organ but especially in your skin, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
An autoimmune disorder of connective tissue is a disease in which your immune system attacks your own connective tissue.
Symptoms depend on which disorder you have but can include:
Joint pain and swelling
Skin rash, swelling, or lumps
Fingers that get pale, tingly, and numb when you get cold (Raynaud syndrome)
Doctors treat these disorders with:
If you take corticosteroids at high doses or for a long period of time, you have a higher chance of having osteoporosis (weak bones). Doctors may have you take vitamin D, calcium, and medicine to keep your bones strong.