Where are you living, Keefgras? Something about
your post makes me think you are not in the USA, where most of us are. Even your ANA number is different from what we usually see here. We do have a few members from England if you are located there.
Lupus is usually diagnosed by the patient exhibiting 7 out of the 11 following symptoms, and from what you've said I doubt you fit this criteria.
1. Malar rash – a rash over the cheeks and nose, often in the shape of a butterfly
2. Discoid rash – a rash that appears as red, raised, disk-shaped patches
3. Photosensitivity – a reaction to sun or light that causes a skin rash to appear or get worse
4. Oral ulcers – sores appearing in the mouth
5. Arthritis – joint pain and swelling of two or more joints in which the bones around the joints do not become destroyed
6. Serositis – inflammation of the lining around the lungs (pleuritis) or inflammation of the lining around the heart that causes chest pain which is worse with deep breathing (pericarditis)
7. Kidney disorder – persistent protein or cellular casts in the urine
8. Neurological disorder – seizures or psychosis
9. Blood disorder – anemia (low red blood cell count), leuk
openia (low white blood cell count), lymph
openia (low level of specific white blood cells), or thrombocyt
openia (low platelet count)
10. Immunologic disorder – abnormal anti-double-stranded DNA or anti-Sm, positive antiphospholipid antibodies
11. Abnormal antinuclear antibody (ANA)
I would guess that the light headedness, fainting, etc may have something to do with a blood pressure issue rather than an autoimmune one. None of us are doctors and we don't give medical advice, but please keep searching for a doctor that will see you. Can the people at the unemployment office give you some info on free clinics or anything like that?
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