I have been diagnosed with MS and with Lupus (SLE). The bloodwork was a positive ANA and very high anti-dsdna along with photosensitive rashes and mouth ulcers. I also have 25 lesions on my brain MRI. Lesions on an MRI are pretty non-specific so the spinal tap was done and it showed no inflammation from Lupus (elevated white blood cell count ) and it did have the MS "marker". So my neuro and rheumy are positive I have both. It's rare, but it happens...that's what they tell me. The spinal tap wasn't as awful as I expected. My advice: Get an anti-anxiety med to relax you first. Helped me immensely.
I felt it was important to post (even though some of these threads are old), because when I was going through the diagnosis process I was terrified and searching for others who had been through it. There isn't a lot of information out there on the MS Lupus overlap.
COrox24, Welcome to Healing Well! I moved you post the here so that others can locate it and welcome you!
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
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