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   Posted 11/15/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
          Im a 56 year old male.I started loosing alot of weight real fast.I lost 60 lbs. in 3 months and a total of 85 lbs in 1 year. Ive been tired, weak with dizzy spells all the time. Im also loosin my mucsel mass.I have no insurance but managed to get blood work done where it came back with a positive ANA with only a 14:0. I have arthritis but the Reumatoid Factor blood test came back Negative.Something new that seemed to start a several monthes ago is my joints are clicking alot when I move.For about the last 15 years Ive been getting severe muscelcramps.Sometimes it felt like every muscel in my body was cramping up at the same time.Usually after work or after I sat down for a few minutes.It happened more when my wife and I battled Hepatitis C.We both went on Interferon where sadly she lost the battle.I did very well.I dont smoke or drink and havnt used illeagle drugs for over 10 years.My liver and and other organs are all good according to the blood work.
   Everything seemed to happen about 18 months after my wife of 30 years died. and for the first time I started a new stressfull relationship.I was also  drinking raw unfiltered organic (ACV) Apple Cider Vinigar.(with the mother).It was suppose to be a pro biotic.I had a sinus infection and read that (ACV) cured almost everything.I also should say I was and still am battleing anxiety and depression.Ive also been laid off from work wich I was a Laborer for the Brick Layers.It is hard brutal work.Several times with in the last 15 years my blood work came back with I think a low white cell count.Wich I never followed up with except to take vitamins.Slight Anemia runs in my family.
        With no insurance benefits and Im collecting unemployment I was turned down for Charity Care at the hospital.Does anybody know what my next step would be to check what type of autoimmune disease I may or may not have.Is there a simple blood test I could take or could I just Ignore my test results being only a 14:0. I really dont think I have Lupus.
   My Symptoms are:
   Decreased Energy
   Shortness of Breath
   Light Head and Dizzyness
   Passed out twice
   Ringing in ears

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   Posted 11/15/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
The anemia can cause most of the problems you listed.
Try to see the doctor for another blood test focusing on anemia and the ANA level.
Meanwhile try some iron pills you can buy over the counter to build up you blood.

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   Posted 11/15/2011 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Either way, you need to see a specialist. Teaching hospitals, tend to do payment arrangements. I'd suggest someone specializing in arthritis, fibromyaligia, lupus, and others
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   Posted 11/15/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
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), leukopenia (low white blood cell count), lymphopenia (low level of specific white blood cells), or thrombocytopenia (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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   Posted 11/19/2011 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry you lost your wife, and are so sick on top of not working. Is there a union at your brick layer's job? Some times they have funds for emergency needs that can be donated?
Prayers sent your way,

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