Annya, it can be so frustrating to not know what is wrong with you and not know where to go next. I'm sorry that you might not be able to get some tests done due to finances. As far as specialists go, your regular doctor might be able to help you sort out what specialist might be the best for you to see.
As far as blood tests for lupus go, the ANA is usually the first thing they check. If it is positive then they usually check a lot of other blood work for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases. THe ANA is not a disease specific test, it just shows that you may have autoimmune activity.
I really hope the doctors can give you some answers soon so they can start to treat your symptoms. Keep us updated.
Diagnosis: Suspected Lupus 2004; Raynauds 2006; CFS 1991
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4xdaily; Amitriptyline 10mg
Neurontin 200mg; Steroid Cream and Mouth Rinse for mouth
and tongue ulcers
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