You can have a normal sed rate with a positive ANA. But when you're presenting so many symptoms, and not taking anything to treat them (like prednisone, Imuran, etc), the sed rate will be higer than normal. (normal is 0-20).
When I was diagnosed. My ANA was positive 1:320, and my sed rate was almost 100.
Right now, I don't know what my ANA is, but my sed rate is 8. My lupus is quiet and I have no inflammation going on.
I agree, your rib pain could be Fibro, costochondritis, or pleurisy. Is it worse when you lay flat on your back? If so, it's probably pleurisy. BUT, your sed rate came back normal, which means there's no unusual inflammatory process going on, so pleurisy is likely not the culprit! So many if's and's or but's! I'm yacking out my behind right now, lol.
LOL, you're not a hypochondriac! It's great that you already know a lot of this. Your problem solving skills will come in handy!
I guess it's just a waiting game now isn't it. Darn, if only you were seeing your rheumy sooner! Keep a diary of all your symptoms, any rashes, etc. HOw much sleep you need, what your period is like (it's SO linked to these disorders it's not even funny!). That way you won't forget anything when your appointment comes along.
I hope you have a good night Olivia. Talk with you soon,
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34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus