I had mono in 2002. It was diagnosed with normal mono symptoms and an elevated ANA titer. Since then, I have suffered from extreme fatigue, chronic pain in joints and muscles, random swelling that causes extreme pain, flare ups that last sometimes a week where I have to stay in bed. I have chronic headaches and a MRI shows lesions on the brain. I have a heart condition that started out as an arrythymia and ultimately had a small heart attack in a small vessel of the left ventricle. I still have random chest pain that I have attributed to stress. I have a rash on my cheeks that comes and goes and sores in my mouth. And of course, with all of this, you cannot help being depressed. Most recently, I have suffered hot flashes first just at night and now during the day. I am 45. My doctor ordered blood work and the only thing abnormal is the ANA of 1:160. The doctor said with my blood test and my constant symptoms, I could have lupus and has referred me to a rheumatologist. It is sad, but I am almost welcoming a diagnosis because I feel like I am going crazy.
From all of your experiences, does this seem to be lupus or any other AI. Any input is greatly appreciated.