drug tests for lupus

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   Posted 1/25/2014 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to know if there are any other tests that can be done to test for drug induced lupus.
I've had

CBC w/ diff

which came out normal.

I've also done some other tests that also turned out normal.
I have a lot of symptoms of drug induced lupus after taking a medication associated with drug induced lupus, previously I have no health problems in my body.
What other tests can be done to test for drug induced lupus or autoimmune diseases?

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   Posted 1/25/2014 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I think there's some genetic testing?
Go to lupus.org and look up the section on testing for lupus.
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   Posted 1/25/2014 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had drug induced lupus [DILE] my ANA was only abnormal once. However, my anti-dsDNA antibodies were very high. The medication you are taking might be know to cause certain antibodies to develop. I was taking Humira and that is what caused mine. This page has a list of the different antibodies that your doctor can test for. www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-tests

Also make sure he tests your C3 and C4 Complements. The C3 Complement was what my rheumatologist used to monitor the DILE activity since my sed rate was always normal.

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   Posted 1/26/2014 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
at which point in time (how many months after stopping the medication) was your ANA abnormal? and when you say abnormal how abnormal was it?

so far i have a list of tests:

i dont think i have regular lupus
are the tests for lupus and drug induced lupus the same?

Any other tests other than the above 4? I want to know about every one that can be an indicator
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