Hi. Lupus and most autoimmune are sneaky mean dogs.They lead doctors on a merrygoround with symptoms and positive lab work one week, the next they are different symptoms,different lab results. I haven't looked in a while,but there are 11 criteria,of which 8 need to be positive for a firm dx. It's really hard to get all eight to sit still at the same time,like I said it is sneaky. I understand you need a name to put to everything,I did too,but everyone is right-it's the treatment you are receiving that is important.Be sure to go to a good rheumatoligist,who deals with autoimmune diseases all the time,you can do this by just calling their office and asking,before you make an appointment.Good luck, God Bless, Namaste Raven1954
sle since 1986, cerebritis,pre diabetic, peripheral neuropathy,mvp cataracts,degenerative disc dx. liver failure due to tylenol for to long,Meds: prednisone,inderal. synthroid,tegretol,nasonex,phenergan,dalmane,valium for fibromyl. dilaudid q8 for pain,cytoxin iv every 6 months,asa daily,albuteral inhaler,frequent antibiotics. Learning to live a differant life now, cpap for sleep apnea.Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely,in a pretty and well preserved body,but rather to skid in broadside,thoroughly used up,totally worn out and loudly proclaiming-WOW,what a ride!!!