Okay, I'm confused. I am new to the forum but not to illness. My health went south ten years ago so I have been dealing with this awhile. Someone posted you do not have to have a positive ana to have Lupus. My Rheumy says you do. You can not have lupus with a negative ana. The ana can be positive and you may or may not have Lupus.
Also some one posted you so not have to test positive for ra to have ra? Now this I am new to. There is a fine line between Lupus and RA but I understand Lupus can effect you as arthritis like ra but Lupus does not destroy the joints and ra does.
I am having bilateral joint pain, she has retested me for RA and it is negative. She still thinks I may be headed that way.
My sjorgrens has been dealing me fits as well.
Tomorrow is my infusion of Rituxan and I hope things go well.
Say a prayer for me.