newbie just got speckled ANF

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/15/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Finally!! A lifetime of symptoms - and because they never seemed to fit...and in this past year of blood tests - all negative - eventually my doctor takes an ANF - I was in the hospital 4 times in two weeks - with kidney pain, blood and protein in urine and have been on steroids but am reducing - to be told by consultants repeatedly before the ANF nothing wrong as mostly other results negative. The relief is overwhelming. I have no idea if it is lupus or CTD etc but am referred to urologist and rheumatoid specialist also.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 10/15/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome. There is nothing worse than being sick and knowing something is wrong only to have doctors tell you that there is nothing wrong. It can make a person pretty crazy. I'm sorry that you got so sick, but the good news is that you are now getting some answers. I hope you get a really good rheumatologist. Are they sending you to a nephrologist for your kidneys?

Let us know if you have any questions and know that we are here for you for support during the rough times.
dx: UCTD (lupus), sjogrens, reynauds,
meds: prednisone, plaquenil, methotrexate, tramadol, neurontin,
doxepin, folic acid   

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I am to see a urologist for the kidney condition and rheumatoid specialist also. Will update soon! So good your conditions and your meds as a signature.
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