Is this lupus??

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   Posted 8/28/2013 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I just wanted to know if someone here has symptoms similar to mine... I'm ANA positive, I've had lower back pain and low-grade temperature for the last 5 weeks. I don't have any rashes, fatigue (had a mild one for a week maybe) or joint pain/swelling. I do have some really mild pulsating ''pain'' above knees or elbows, but definitely not in joints, that happens maybe 3 times a day (only one leg or arm at the time) and it lasts for a minute or two, usually when sitting. I'm 16. Sorry for any misspellings, wrong tenses, terms and phrases, English is my 2nd language...

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   Posted 8/28/2013 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to say that I have normal blood counts and ESR.

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   Posted 8/28/2013 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
You might just have a virus. What does your doctor say?
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   Posted 8/29/2013 5:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I still haven't seen my doctor, I got results by mail few days ago, I'm going next week... Is it possible to have a virus for that long?? I feel really well, expect for that lower back pain.. When I was saw my doctor 2 weeks ago I didn't know I was doing the analysis for lupus. I found on the internet that ANA, Anti dsDNA, C3, C4 etc. are for lupus.. but only ANA is positive, the rest is normal.

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   Posted 8/29/2013 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Yes, you can have a virus for that long. With all that you've described I'd guess that you don't have lupus. You are missing most of the symptoms that would be required for the diagnosis of it.

People can have a positive ANA w/o having lupus. A virus or being sick can cause that. I notice you mention you back and the pain above your knees and elbows, it's possible that you may have Fibro. I'm by no means a doctor and can't say that you do have it.

I do know though I have RA/Lupus/Fibro and low grade temps can be common in folks with Fibro too. As well as the muscle pain. With lupus our joint really hurt and can swell a lot. I'd go back and see the Dr and see what they have to say.

My daughter has had a positive ANA since was like 8, she's now 20 and she still hasn't developed lupus or any other auto immune disease. Try not to worry to much I think you should talk with Dr and see if you both can figure things out.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 8/29/2013 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies, I will definitely see my doctor and ask about Fibromyalgia. I'll post any updates.
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