I have the opposite problem....no indicators in the bloodwork other than a high positive ANA, but all the symptoms of a variety of AI problems. Lupus seems the most likely. Liver enzymes are occasionally high - and CRP, and white count is occasionally low - usually during a flare. Never had the AI markers run while in an acute flare - always wonder if something would show then. Anyway - have been on Plaquenil 6 mos. - treatment witnout firm diagnosis. I feel it has helped somewhat. Having fibro complicates the results. Will see what rheumie says next week at my 6 mos. visit.
Am curious how your rheumie excluded chronic fatigue as a diagnosis? With lab work?
I really feel ya on the "sick and tired of being sick and tired feeling"! I waited too long to try medication. Even if it doesn't help you siginificantly - you have another answer of sorts and you're one step further along in the process. I hope the Plaquenil provides you with relief though, and you start feeling better soon!
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