Can I have lupus without all its symptoms?

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   Posted 3/29/2013 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   

I am new to this forum and to Lupus too:) my doctor told me that I have a "Lupus like illness" because I don't have ALL the classic symptoms like the rash and the hair falling.. But my ANA is positive and I have joint pain and extreme fatigue and ulceration in the nose.. He even prescribed hydroxc.

I don't understand, if it is an autoimmune disease, that means it manifests differently for each person right? I am still trying to understand more I just found out that I have this "L like illness" 2 days ago..


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   Posted 3/29/2013 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you can have lupus without "ALL" it's symptoms. Generally the Lupus organization and the CDC define Lupus as having 4 of 11 symptoms - it isn't dx by ANA alone.

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   Posted 3/29/2013 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you can have Lupus without many symptoms at all. And if the drs are reluctant to call it Lupus. That could also be known as a Connective Tissue Disease. That's what most drs call an AI disease that is unknown. Then there's Mixed Connective Tissue Disease where you test positive for several different AI diseases.

Hope that wasn't too confusing.
Lupus, Connective Tissue Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Anemia, Bulging Discs, Pinched Nerves, Athralgia, Degenerative Disc Disease, Celiac Disease, Endometriosis, Rhynauds Syndrome and last but not least at the moment, Erosive Gastritis
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