Slow-to-Heal Wounds Linked to Autoimmune Diseases

People with RA or lupus are at increased risk

Nearly 6.5 million Americans have wounds that take months or even years to heal. Many of these wounds are a consequence of diabetes, which damages blood vessels and interferes with normal skin repair. But new research from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., points to another cause: autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, and lupus.


Slow to heal

Hi, I was diagnosed last year with SLE and am fairly close to a diagnosis CNS as well, plus Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. I seem to have a hard time healing from Tendinitis; which was part of the reason i received my diagnosis (that and the many other blood tests and symptoms) But I have wondered if Lupus has not only almost stopped the repair process to my Tendinitis but since it might have been a weakness that is where it first presented itself.

Any thoughts?

Thank you

Hi Richard,   Thanks for

Hi Richard,


Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear about the hard time you are having with these symptoms. I am the social worker at the Foundation. We are not medical professionals, and since every case of lupus is unique, it's important to check with your doctor about these questions that you have -- very good questions. Perhaps you can take a print out of this article with you when you present your question. If you need further assistance, please call or email me: or 212-685-4118, ext 32.



Jessica Rowshandel, MSW