Im new here too...I cant help you much as i have not been diagnosed yet and am not sure if I have Lupus or not but im sure what im experiencing is autoimmune in nature, from the way my symptoms are progressing. I can relate to alot of your symptoms. Im female, 28.
Has your doc tested your ANA? Ran some bloodwork? Mine was negative for lupus (GP tests)...but as you can read here on this forum...there are a minority with negative blood results and who still have Lupus or another AI disease. Thats why Ive been referred to a rheumatologist. The fatigue and joint/muscle pain is whats worst for me at the moment.
Theres a criteria list of 11 symptoms that docs look for when diagnosing Lupus...have a look on www.lupus.org
. see if you can relate to any. They say 4 out of 11 should warrant a diagnosis..usually with rashes and positive bloodwork being some, from what I can see.
Im sure someone more knowledgeable will be along soon with some good advice.
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