Can you please share your story leading up to diagnoses of Lupus with us?

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susan1
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   Posted 12/16/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
I am new to this forum and look forward to meeting the rest of you.  I am hoping that you all would share your journey leading up to lupus.  If would be so helpful to share how long it took, symptoms, etc.  There are so many of us with confused
 
I know I would appreciate it and I am sure there are others like me.  Thank you kindly.
 
Susan  wink

susan1
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   Posted 12/19/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
just bumping up. Thank you

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/19/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Susan,

Welcome to the forum - sorry noone has replied. I think you've just hit us at a bad time, when everyone has lots of family activities on their minds.

If you'll start by asking questions it'll be easier for us to know what to tell you!

Have you read the Lupus Resources topic at the top of the page? Several of us got together and answered a lot of the more frequently asked questions there..

It's also usually quieter on the weekends...
Don't give up on us!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde


Butterflake
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   Posted 12/21/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our forum Susan. My story is a long one, but if you're willing to read here it is. In 2002, not long after I moved to ATL, I was tired all the time and my doc said she thought it was allergies. I took the Claritin and felt better. Nov I had a couple of falls in public and Dec I was dizzy, had bad memory & concentration problems and "spells" of extreme fatigue & weakness.  I lost sensation in 2 fingers, decided to see a new doc who referred me to a neurologist. Neuro was concerned & said if it got worse he'd admit me. My next spell I could barely walk, the pain was in every joint and I was admitted. I was given IV solumedrol and felt great by the next day. Tests were still being done and while the neuro on duty was doing my spinal tap he suggested I had a somataform disorder- it's psychological. I flipped out, started crying uncontrollably and ultimately asked to be discharged. So for the next two years I had multiple flares and no doc believed me. Luckily I found an internist early 2003 who prescribed Celebrex. It gave me lots of pain relief, but the fatigue was mind numbing. For my job I was flying to cities all over the country. I don't know how I did it. I saw many docs trying to get a diagnosis. Finally when a neuro ordered an ANA it was 1:320 so he referred me to a rheumy who told me to come back next year. Sept 2005 I was flaring terribly, saw rheumy and my anti-double stranded DNA was 1:10. He said come back next year and we had a big argument. He ran the test again which was pos and he diagnosed me with SLE Oct 2005 and put me on plaquinil. If you've read this far, bless your heart. Lots happened since then and I'm now on permanent disability. There are ladies on the forum who have stories just like mine- years to diagnose. Susan, I hope you find relief and comfort this holiday season. Love, Butterflake

Systemic Lupus ('05), depression, fibro, sjogrens, cns issues, diabetes, gerd, hypertension, colitis, stage 1 kidney disease  Rx: Cellcept, plaquenil, prednisone, celebrex, prozac, wellbutrin, klonopin, neurontin, ambien, lisionpril, actos, nexeum, simvastin, lomotil, cholestryramine, claritin, nasonex,  PRN: tylenol arthritis, flexeril, phenegren, vitamins, Acupuncture.  Donna 


susan1
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   Posted 12/21/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. I was hoping people would share their journey with us so we know we are not all alone.

I am waiting for my Rhuematologist to call me back. In the mean time, I am trying all organic, nor perservatives in my diet. We will see what happens.

Butterflake, I am glad you finally got a diagnoses. Is plaquinil helping you a lot?

Many blessings to you. Thanks so much for responding.

Lynnwood - I guess my main question is what is your story? How did you finally come to diagnoses? What struggles did you go through?

Thanks so much. Merry Christmas you all!!

Susan

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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry for a delay in responding. I know several of us are having some difficulties/complications we are dealing with at this time. My story started in 1999. I was 27 working two jobs as a nurse. I went to Jackson Miss. with my pastor and his family to work at a summer camp for kids. We were working 12-14 hour days preparing 3 meals a day for 400 kids! I felt fine. On Thursday nite, I went to the trailor Iwas staying in I spiked a temp, my urine turned "coke" colored. I managed to get back home (3 hour drive). I went to the clinic I was working at and was shocked to learn I was in kidney failure. I was sent to a larger city hospital that nite. They biopsied my kidneys and "felt" that the failure was secondary to "some autoimmune disease" probably lupus. I was placed on 120mg of prednisone by mouth after 5 days of massive infusions of steroids intraveniously. I was weaned off of the steroids after a year. I was on no meds for 3 years. I was convinced it was an "acute" situation and not lupus at all. Unfortunately, I came out of remission in Jan. 2004 and have had multi organ involvement. I found another doctor and a firm diagnosis of Lupus was made. It is a frustrating process and an emotional roller coaster ride; to say the least. I wish you the best. Keep us informed on your progress! Judy

lunacygotme79
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   Posted 12/22/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Susan,
My symptoms started when I was about 23, I am 30 now. Just odd things that started to happened, extreme boughts of fatigue, short term memory loss, pain, horrible stomach issues, strange rashes on my nose and chest, I took pictures too. I have spent so much time in the emergency room since that age and doctors visits I can hardly remember most of it. Every doctor I went to see thought I was mental and making things up, even though my blood tests usually came back strangly, then of course they would be normal, I just didn't look sick (I spent alot of those years in tears in private).  Last year (the year I finally graduated from college) the stomach issues got to the point where it was unbearable, so I skipped the normal procedure of going to a GP and when to a gastroentologist. They did a colonosopy and found microscopic colitis, he informed me that this was not normal at my age and that something must be causing the inflammation. So they put me on Asacol, of course this helped a bit, but did nothing for my other symptoms. Then I decided maybe it was my birth control that was causing all this, so early this year I went and "got fixed" so to speak, I figured there is no way that I could take care of another child anyway if this is what my life is going to be like.  Well it didn't help..... in july i got these awful spots on my elbows and the rash on my chest came back worse then ever, and I had these wierd bumps on my fingers, so again I skipped the GP ( I had enough), and went to a dermatologist. They took a skin biopsy of my elbow and found it to be Dermatomyositis, and they suspected Tumid Lupus. During this time I also lost most of my vision in my right eye, my joints started to swell worse then ever and I went from 127lbs down to 103lbs. I had step throat 3 times in 2 months, repeated kidney stones and UTI's I was very sick, I could not keep anything down or in. The dermatologist sent me to this wonderful rhuemy who not only listened to everything I said but made sure every possilbe test was taken to make sure she got a good diagnosis. First thing found of course was the RA, then the Tumid Lupus turned into SLE and she sent me to a eye doctor and they found the Optic neuritis.  So now I am on 20 mg of Prednisone a day, the eye drops too, and now the MTX 10mg shot once a week..hopefully the shot will work soon.  And that's my story  smile
 

Diagnosed 2009: Lupus (SLE);Rheumatoid Arthritis; Dermatomyositis; Optic Neuritis; Behcet's syndrome; Microscopicolitis; Chronic Gastritis; Cryptitis

Meds: Prednisone 20mg daily, starting Methotrexate injections once a week 12/11/2009, Prenisone eye drops daily.

 
 


Weleetka
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   Posted 12/22/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My journey to a DX was a long one... I just kept having these terrible things happen to me... swelling of joints.. fever, plursey, eyes swelling... being able to barely walk... high ANA test... I had been going to a Dr. in Little Rock for two years.. he never did DX me with anything.. then we moved to the Tulsa, Ok area and the first thing I did was find a Rheumy.. I just got the phone book out and picked one and oh my has he ever been a good one... I was DX.. with Lupus in Dec. 2005.. had been on just one medicine this whole time.. I've had some bad flares... I'm not working anymore... and I'm happy I'm able to stay home... What is your story?

susan1
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   Posted 12/22/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for responding to this posting. It will definitely help me and I am sure so many others. Thank you.

WELEETKA-

Can you eleborate on having a hard time walking? Was that because you were numb and weak?? I'm so praying for either a healing in my body, a diagnoses, or that by changing my diet that things will change.

Here are my symptoms that have been going on 10+ years. I have seen two Rhuematologists about 7+ years ago and then a Nuerologist. Had MRI, lumbar puncture, EMG, ENG, EEG everything came out good.

I recently saw a new Rhuematologist and he told me definitely NO LUPUS. I found another Rhuematologist and she said she thinks it is mild lupus. I'm waiting for my bloodwork to come back and I see a nuerologist on the 8th of January.

1) flare ups or times with no signs of problems at all
2) numbness & weakness in limbs (hands, arms, feet, legs, even face, back & tongue). It kind of feels heavy.
3) recently a new symptom has developed which is burning sensation (feels like vicks vapor rub is on me) and this burning sensation might last 10 minutes in the chest, then in the back, then in left leg, then right and moves around.
4) + ANA (antinuclear antibodies)
5) +ACA (anticardiolipin antibodies)
6) Pleury/costocondritis
7) Extreme fatigue/exhaustion
8) foggy feeling (feeling out of it)
9) anxiety with these symptoms (but then again, who wouldn't get anxiety)
10) trouble sleeping
11) one child & two miscarriages
12) two seizures at the age of 10 (normal eeg's since)
13) uveitis twice
14) Raynauds
15) pan sinusitis (chronic sinus infection of all cavities)

Thanks again everyone for sharing.

Susan
age 41

Weleetka
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   Posted 12/22/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
my walking problem was because my knees were swollen all the time... I couldn't bend them to walk... so painful...
but now...I'm having the heavy feeling in my upper leg, thigh area... this is a new thing for me.... I have the same thing in my arms from the elbow to the joint at top of arm... sometimes I can't raise my arms....

susan1
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   Posted 12/22/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for elaborating on that.
Susan
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Waiting on diagnoses:  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, or MS.  +ANA, +ACA, MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C


nasalady
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   Posted 12/22/2009 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susan,

Warning: LONG post!! I do apologize, but I feel that I should share these details because it will give you an idea of the long and winding road you might follow when you set out to figure out what's wrong with you! Please keep in mind that, according to my doctors, I'm complicated (medically speaking); I sincerely hope that you don't have anywhere near this many disorders and medical issues!! :)

My journey to the diagnosis of lupus was convoluted...my family has lots of problems with AI diseases. Two of my aunts died from complications of lupus. My father had RA; I have a daughter with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, another with lupus and Addison's disease, three grandchildren with either celiac disease or NCGI, a niece with Graves disease.

But, until a couple of years ago, my only health problems (that I knew about) were Hashimoto's thyroiditis, "IBS", asthma, and mild psoriasis.

about two years ago I started to have problems walking or standing for long periods of time (more than an hour). Then over several months, the time I could stand or walk grew shorter and shorter....half an hour, 20 minutes, 15, 10.....etc. I complained several times to my primary care doctor and she started to treat me as if I were a hypochondriac when xrays of my lower spine came back normal. But by spring of 2008, I was in agony after standing too long....my lower back would spasm violently until it felt just like I had a midget on my back beating my lower spine with a 2x4.

The funny thing was that I was having all sorts of other weird symptoms as well: vertigo, violent migraine headaches, abdominal pain, muscle spasms in my feet and hands, tremors, blurry vision....very strange. I too had the feeling of "heavy legs", weak muscles in thighs and upper arms, etc.

At the end of April I asked for a blood test and they discovered my liver enzymes were through the roof: AST/ALT were each higher than 1400. By June I'd been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, meaning my immune system was trying to kill my liver. So I was put on high doses of prednisone and Imuran to suppress the immune system.

But things kept getting worse....in July I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. By August I was in so much pain I was forced to get a wheelchair. I saw a neurologist in September; he did a nerve conduction study and found several pinched nerves, but none of them explained the pain, and my MRIs and my EEG have all been normal so far.

In fall 2008 I saw a gastroenterologist, who tested my blood, biopsied me, got nothing but negatives, but still suspected celiac disease because I have one of the main celiac gene markers, HLA DQ8, plus a family history of celiac, plus a positive response to the gluten free diet. He told me he had expected negative test results because I was on prednisone and that would suppress the celiac antibodies. So I found out that the "IBS" I'd had for decades was really celiac disease!

I started to feel a lot better gluten free, but still had various symptoms that just wouldn't go away, especially the pain in my back. I was told to be patient, that it could take a couple of years to be 100% better!

Then few months ago I began to experience some of my old neuro symptoms again: vertigo, migraines, tremors, etc. I was upset! I had thought that the gluten free diet was the answer to all of that!! Around the same time, I stumbled across discussions in one of my celiac forums of even more restrictive diets (SCD, Paleo diet) and people who swore that they felt MUCH better when they stopped eating all grains.

It took a while, but eventually my husband and I decided to try going grain free....we've just started this fairly recently, and we've fallen off the wagon a few times, so I don't really feel like we're grain free quite yet. I have noticed that my last lingering gastric symptoms have disappeared though, even on our imperfectly grain-free diet!

So sometime this past summer I realized that I needed a new rheumy....my old one just wasn't listening to me anymore. I found my current rheumy through my sister-in-law, who has MS. This doctor is GREAT! And he's very proactive, and he listens to me!! :)

He's the one who diagnosed me with lupus. When I first came to see him I brought him lots of my medical records and he listened to me and looked through my old blood tests and decided to give me more blood tests. I came back a couple of weeks later and even though my anti double-stranded DNA antibodies were high, my ANA was negative. So he said I didn't have lupus. Of course, I was happy about that!

But I kept feeling worse and worse and worse. Then one evening I saw myself in the mirror and I had a flaming red malar rash! So I took a picture of my face and emailed it to him....he responded by saying to come in to see him right away.

After further discussion of some of my various lupus-y symptoms such as photosensitivity and nose-bleeds, he told me that even with the negative ANA he decided to give me a clinical diagnosis of lupus, because of all of my symptoms, the malar rash, the anti-DS DNA, and my family history of lupus. He told me that all of my neuro symptoms, everything, were probably due to a lupus flare, and promptly increased my prednisone dosage.

OK....more pred did seem to help a little bit, but I'm still having vertigo, vertical double vision, blurry vision, difficulty with balance, etc. In fact, two of my doctors have now told me I should no longer drive!! :(

The DMV is in the process of yanking my license. The hearing is next week, but since the neurologist said in the paperwork that I shouldn't drive, I don't think that the DMV will argue with him....I'm sure I'm going to lose my license.

I'm still not convinced that all is due to lupus....maybe it is, maybe it isn't. My rheumy thinks I have CNS lupus. But one of my blood tests for Lyme disease just came up positive! I know Lyme disease can cause neuro symptoms too....and can trigger autoimmune diseases. I'm currently waiting for results of a more sensitive Lyme test (Western Blot) to come back.

Anyway, I keep hoping and praying that I will someday know exactly what is wrong with me, and that I will figure out a way to get better! And I hope and pray the same for you! :)

Sorry for my verbosity!! Happy Holidays!
(((hugs)))
JoAnn
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Post Edited (nasalady) : 12/23/2009 12:25:14 AM (GMT-7)


susan1
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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. It has been helpful for me. I pray that you find answers and relief
Susan
41 years old
Married with one child
 
Waiting on diagnoses:  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, or MS.  +ANA, +ACA, MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 12/24/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Susan! Sorry for the delay! My story...started 3 years ago when I was 19. had extreme joint pain...couldnt sit down on the toilet without help, pull up my bed spread, trouble walking, rasing my arms...pretty much every joint and most muscles were affected. i was extremly active, playing basketball, volleyball, pretty much anything outdoors. That all came to a crashing halt. I had to wait 3 months for my works health insurance to kick in. I went straight to a rheumy because I thought I had RA...3 of my grandparents have/had it. He did blood work and 2nd apt with him said I had Lupus. Sent me home with a brochure to read about it. Well to sum up the next 3 years, new rhuemy who is AMAZING! Started seeing coke colored urine, foamy, started retaining fluid and was getting up 5-6 times at night to use the bathroom. Mentioned it to my rhuemy, she did blood work, found out I was in kidny failure and sent me to a nephrologist. Had a biopsy and 3 days of 1000mg solumedrol in the hospital and then sent home on cellcept and 80mg of pred...Since then my kidneys have failed 2 more times even with Cellcept and then moving on to Cytoxan. Im on 50mg of pred daily and get IV's of Solumedrol every month to keep things from getting worse. I have gained 80 pds since jan from the pred, which is what hurts me the most out of this disease. No one recognizes me and whats worse is my rhuemy said my lupus is being extremly stubborn and has been in contact with other doctors with more experience with lupus and they all agree we are doing everything we can right now. Even on high doses of pred, my joints are still swelling up, kidneys mesed up an I am looking at another kidney biopsy in the near future to see how much permanent damage there is. I am no longer in school and can only work 1/2 days at work. There is suspicion I have brain involvement but I have refused an MRI because I don't want to know if Lupus is atacking another organ. I figure I am already on the meds for CNS lupus so why give me something else to worry about.

I have found the most important thing with AI diseases is to try your hardest to keep a positive attitude. Humur always seems to help a little to...and make sure you can laugh at yourself!

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   Posted 12/25/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susan,
Welcome to the forum. My symptoms started when I was 19 years old, in 1977. After a week long vacation at the beach I developed a severe case of Strep throat. I was sick with a fever of 104 for several days and couldn't get out of bed for about 2 weeks due to weakness. For the next year I would get strep throat at least once a month for a few days, then it stopped all of a sudden.

In 1979 I joined the Air Force. I worked out daily to get into shape for basic training with no problems. A few days into basic training, I was having problems running. My legs felt like they weighed a ton. I started having body aches but made it. Then I was sent to tech school in Ms. The base was within walking distance from the beach so I spent a lot of time in the sun. My face started swelling and I got a rash on my face. I was having sharp pains in my ribs(Plurisy) also.

At the end of 1980 I was sent to England for 3 years. The only problems I had there were bouts of flu-like symptoms. The weather was mild there in the summer but very cold in the winter.

In 1984 I started having more symptoms off and on. I broke out in bad rashes when I got in the sun. Fatigue so bad I could only walk a few feet. Joint pain and swelling along with fevers and headaches. Some days I didn't have the strength to get out of bed.

After seeing mulitple doctors and hearing I have the flu or a virus and feeling like a hypochonriac, I was finally diagnosed in 1990, thirteen years later.

I hope this helps some.

Babs

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   Posted 12/27/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
my story begins when I was 13 almost 14 in the early nineties, It began with weird rashes and sensitivity to the sun. Then I developed mild chest pain. Then my right side began to hurt horribly. My joints ached. Mouth ulcers soon followed. During all this I was MISDIAGNOSED as having an ulcer- in 2005 we discovered the pain in my right side for all those years was my gallbladder being attacked and slowly shutting down. Over the years I had pleursy, pericarditis, a mirad of general symptoms but every doctor I saw said it was all in my head. When I was 28 in 2005 I decided to try one last time to get a doctor to listen to me and believe me. I got my miracle because within minutes of meeting me and seeing the pictures of my rashes and the evidence of my swollen joints and medical history I was diagnosed and treatment begun without blood work even being an issue. All along my negative ANA had been the one thing that made the doctors think it was all in my head. It took almost 15 years for me to get treatment and help. As a result I have permanent damage and the disease progressed much further than it should have. It is likely that going untreated is why I developed other autoimmune conditions- at least according to my old rheumy who saved my life several times through her skill and willingness to look beyond the obvious. She recently left the state due to a family emergancy and I was forced to seek a new rheumy. I may have gotten lucky a second time if my first visit with him is anything to judge by. There is a lot more to my story but I am not feeling well right now so I condenced it to the bare facts and left out a lot of detail.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
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tenabell
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   Posted 12/28/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there..have any of you been to other doctors besides rhumatologists,that dismissed the lupus diagnosis?I was diagnosed by a rhumy but all the pain mgmt dr's  and others have said No to it right off the bat..

susan1
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   Posted 12/28/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be following up with the new Rhuematologist (that I saw for a consultation a couple of weeks ago) and a new Nuerologist.

The more and more I am reading, the less I feel I have lupus. My ACA was only positive once, and I guess that isn't a significant reading (has to be positive twice and at least 12 weeks apart from the testing).

I sounds like Fibro and MFS. But you get so many different symptoms depending on which website you go to.

Is Lupus primarily the pain of the joints???? Or the muscles too? My biggest complaint is numbness/weakness/burning in the muscles mainly.

Thanks you all.

Hugs,

Susan
Susan
41 years old
Married with one child
 
Waiting on diagnoses:  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, or MS.  +ANA, +ACA, MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C


Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/28/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Lupus is best diagnosed by "4 of 11 symptoms", not necessarily by blood tests.

My blood tests were only positive once in 10 years, even then it was a weak +ANA which has since disappeared.

Lupus is a disease where your normal antibodies (which usually target and attack strangers to the body, like viruses, bacteria, etc) instead decide that normal body functions are foreign and must be attacked.

Lupus can look like 1000 different things, because there is no predicting where it may attack. It can range from skin to kidneys to nervous system to just about anything in-between that you can think of. It can be joint pain or muscle pain or headache or....wherever the white blood cells decide they need to attack. There is NO "normal" with lupus.

For quite a while the top of my right foot was hot & inflamed from the lupus - eventually that flare died down and its shown up elsewhere instead...ya' just never know.

Cheers,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 12/28/2009 7:55:32 PM (GMT-7)


susan1
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   Posted 12/28/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood -

I emailed lupus.org (lupus foundation of america) and asked a question about ANA. Here is part of their response.

"...The ANA (antinuclear antibodies) blood test is a sensitive test for lupus, since these antibodies are found in 97 percent of people with the disease. When three or more typical features of lupus are present – such as involvement of the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood, or nervous system – a positive ANA test will confirm a diagnosis of lupus. However, a positive ANA test result doesn’t always mean that someone has lupus. It can be positive in people with other illnesses, or even positive in people with no illness. The ANA can also change from positive to negative, or negative to positive, in the same person. Doctors trying to diagnose lupus will often look for other specific antibodies..."
Susan
41 years old
Married with one child
 
Waiting on diagnoses:  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, MFS or MS.  +ANA, MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C


susan1
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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lynnwood also for the information on the 4 of 11. Did you end up fitting into that criteria?

The only thing for me is the butterfly rash and ana. Although I still wonder and question what these flares are that I experience with numbness/weakness and burning sensation.

Again, thank you kindly.

Susan
Susan
41 years old
Married with one child
 
Waiting on diagnoses:  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, MFS or MS.  +ANA, MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C


Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I fixed the link, it is to a page within lupus.org - the information is from the same source.

Why do I feel like you are trying to argue with me?

I base my posts on what is stated there and at the American College of Rheumatolgoy website and the CDC, as well as what I've learned from 5 years of reading EVERY post on this website and hearing about the experiences of everyone who has posted here, including personal accounts of what everyone's doctors have said as well as my personal experience with rheumies and lupus.

I'm sorry, but I *do* have lupus and my time and energy are limited, as with many of us suffering from this illness. Many of us on this forum have given our stories numerous times and these can be found by browsing the pages.

Be well,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I see we posted at the same time. Guess I'm being prickly today. Sorry.

Yeah, I was dx by symptoms long before the minor positive ANA. First presented with extreme fatigue - could sleep 24/7 and still be exhausted. Then off from there. Including some nice bits of neuropathy "tingling/numbness", joint/muscle pain, measurable cognitive impairment (had to shut down a highly technical business), lupus headaches, rash...that's the highlights.
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 12/28/2009 8:16:06 PM (GMT-7)


susan1
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 12/28/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my...I am VERY sorry if you thought I was arguing with you. I sincerely was not trying to argue with you. I apologize if I came across that way. That honestly was not my intention. I am very happy to have found this forum. I appreciate all of the women/men on here who have helped me.

I was not questioning you diagnoses at all. I am just trying to find one myself. Please forgive me if I was rude in anyway.

Thank you for your time.

Susan
Susan
41 years old
Married with one child
 
Waiting on diagnoses:  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, MFS or MS.  +ANA, MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C


Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 7023
   Posted 12/28/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I'm just having a bad day. Headache, estimates on car repairs lots higher than anticipated, came home to water from an unknown source dripping onto/into electric stove and oven, when I'd planned to cook for a guest.....too much.

Bailing 2 inches of water from a cooktop where paper-coated electrical wires are is stressful!
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