...less medical jargon in a 'Quick Glance' format!
No cure exists for mixed connective tissue disease, although MCTD treatments can help manage the signs and symptoms of the disease. Your treatment may vary from another person's because your signs and symptoms may be different.
While no standard treatment exists, the most common treatment for mixed connective tissue disease is corticosteroids, such as prednisone. Other treatments may be used based on your signs and symptoms. For instance, if the signs and symptoms you're experiencing are very similar to those of lupus, your doctor may suggest trying medications typically prescribed for people with lupus.
People with mild forms of mixed connective tissue disease may not need any treatment. You may require treatment only during flares or you may require constant medication. Work with your doctor to ensure that your signs and symptoms are adequately controlled.
Alternative MCTD Treatments:
Few studies of complementary and alternative medicine have been done in people with mixed connective tissue disease. No complementary or alternative therapy has been proved to work. However, complementary and alternative treatments may help you cope with signs and symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease. Talk to your doctor if you're interested in trying:
Acupuncture An acupuncture practitioner inserts tiny needles into your skin at precise points on your body. Studies of acupuncture have found it may help relieve many types of pain. Acupuncture is safe when done by a certified practitioner. Ask your doctor for names of recommended practitioners in your community. Don't undergo acupuncture if you're taking blood thinners.
Fish oil supplements Fish oil supplements have shown some promise in relieving signs and symptoms of other connective tissue diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil supplements may help relieve joint pain and stiffness. But don't take fish oil supplements if you're allergic to fish. Talk to your doctor first if you're taking blood thinners. Fish oil supplements can cause an upset stomach and a fishy taste in your mouth.
Hypnosis During a hypnotherapy session, a therapist talks in a gentle voice that helps you relax. The therapist helps you reach a state of altered consciousness that lets you focus your mind on your goals or think positively about your challenges. Hypnosis may help relieve pain and stress. Hypnosis is generally safe if you work with a trained therapist.
Relaxation techniques Relaxation techniques may help you take your mind off your signs and symptoms and help you relax. Relaxation techniques include activities such as progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery. You can learn relaxation techniques from a therapist, or you can do them on your own. Relaxation techniques are generally safe.