So, I was reading up on a few things and have a question or two:
Is it possible for Lupus not to show up on bloodtests the same way the RA factor often does not?
Is it possible to have Lupus for many (MANY) years and it not show up on bloodwork at all/ever?
I probably just need to stop reading stuff, but here's what I was wondering (no worries, I'm not hypochondriacting myself - I know, not a word! I just want to know the likilihood of this):
As a child w/JRA I was regularly checked for Lupus (I know a very common practice w/JRA) - supposedly, I had signs and symptoms often pointing to Lupus, but the bloodwork was always fine.
When I was reading up on Lupus, many of the symptoms they discussed did fall on my list of "strange problems" I've dealt w/in the last 10 years. I was diagnosed w/psoriatic arthritis due to many other visible problems I encountered over the years, Lupus never showed up on bloodwork.
The last thing, I found it odd that Plaquinil (though not helping my psorisis, it's actually gotten worse over the last 4 months) is the one drug (barring Remicade) that has actually helped me in my 25 years of trying various meds. It is the only med so far (again, except Remicade) that I actually FEEL the difference when I skip a dose. And apparently Plauinil is one of the most often Rx'd med for it. Is that just a coincidence?
OKay, I guess I'm just bored...I'll go to bed now! Thanks for letting me ramble.