Test Back- Lymes, Lupus, Vitamin D deficiency: Still Confused :(

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   Posted 8/10/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
So I am still confused about everything that is going on with me. I went to Dr (lupus specialist) to go over my test results. First thing he told me was that I have a severe vitamin D deficiency. He said that the lowest average is 40 and I only have a 10!. I have no idea how this can be I eat cheese alot and drink milk and my vitamin D count is horribly low.

Then I was told that I had lymes disease. He said that all 5 band tiers tested positive. He is starting me on lymes medication. I was told 4 years ago that I tested positive for lymes but then I was told that it was a false positive and that lupus could cause this to happen. My Dr at the time took me off of the lymes medication.

Now the Dr I saw today said that I had a "touch of lupus". His exact words were you have lymes with a touch of lupus; sounds like a cocktail to me. I asked him what he meant by  this touch of lupus business. He told me that I show all the signs of lupus and also my ANA has been positive(I have also had the face rash in the past). He said that we will have to wait until I take the lymes medication to see what is going on with how I am feeling before he can be 100 percent sure of lupus.

It is my understanding that Lupus can cause severe vitamin D deficiencies and also can cause false positives for lymes test. Is this true?

I go see another specialist on Monday. I was just hoping to finally get lupus answers today but I feel like it is 4 years ago happening all over again(No one knowing what is wrong, having test done, being told I had diseases such as Lymes then being told that I don't). I just hope my Dr was right 4 years ago and that I have not had undiagnosed lymes reeking havoc on my body this whole time.

Anyone have any advise or has been through something similar to this?

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   Posted 8/11/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey lawchick! My vit D level is a 8, I have taken 50000 IU weekly for the last few months with no improvement (yet). Do you stay out of the sun? Most Vit D is absorbed through the sun, so if you do, of course your levels are so low. I personally avoid the sun because it makes me feel horrible for days.

I have not heard about lupus causing lymes tests to go haywire, but I have been told by many people that they had been diagnosed with lupus and eventually found out it was lymes when they went to another doctor and the doctor treat the lyme with strong and long course of antibiotics and their symptoms got so much better! I would wait and see how you respond to the lyme treatment, I am hopeful that you will feel better and the thought of lupus will dissapear.

Let us know how your pat goes on Monday!!! Hopefully they will explain a lot more and help you understand things better.
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   Posted 8/12/2010 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I would under go the treatment for lymes and still explore the other issues you are having. Lymes is a nasty disease and to have all the tests come back positive sounds like you had lymes all those years ago when you were told you didn't.
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