I have been referred to a rheumy by my Dermatologist after having a rash that they think may be indicative of Lupus. I have had two biopsies and though they weren't conclusive, they suspect Lupus. I have had some symptoms off and on for all my life but have never really felt sick. I am trying to prepare myself if it is what they suspect. I still hold out hope that this rash is something else.
I would love to get the opinions of those familiar with Lupus.
I have had sunlight sensitivity all my life both in my eyesight and skin. I can attribute my eye sensitivity to childhood eye maladies. I have had Reynaud's phenomenon at least 11 years ( the age of my middle daughter and when I first noticed it). I have had quite a bit of hair loss beginning after the birth of my last child, three years ago.
And now this rash. I had a pregnancy related rash with my last child and was told it was the worst the Dr's had ever seen. I tend to react very strongly. I have allergies to fragrance and get contact dermatitis on my face frequently.
My rash is not a mylar rash, but more of a lesion-type rash occurring on my chest, back, legs and now my face as well. My blood work shows my ANA as being quite high at 1:2300 up from 1:160 in 2007.
My daughter has JRA.
So, the odds are pretty much against me, right?
Thanks for your input in advance.