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   Posted 8/30/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 30 and have just recently had some bloodwork come back and it showed that protein were high, but then got normal, but I had a positive ANA and high smith antibodies. They were only 1.1 I dont know if that is REAL HIGH OR NOT... I have a appt with a rheumatologist to hopefully get more answers. The only symptoms I have had are chest pain for 10 years knee pain for about a year my mri was normal). and I extremely sharp pains in my shoulder that last maybe 10 sec that has been off and on for a good while also.Nothing has impaired my daily activities. I just wonder what could be the underlying issue and if this is the beginning of something bad. Thanks!!

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   Posted 9/1/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our forum Pookus. There are 11 criteria used to diagnose lupus. Usually if you meet 4 of the criteria you will be diagnosed with lupus.  At the top of the page you will find Lupus Resources that give the links and info you need. I hope your rheumy determines you don't have lupus. Love, Butterflake
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