Hi im new and have a question

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gingycat
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   Posted 3/20/2014 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm almost 16 an think that i might have lupus.
Here is the Question is it possible to have lupus but your ANA come back negative and is that the only way lupus is diagnosed?
And should i get a new doctor if the one i'm seeing now doesn't really listen to me?
thank you taking time to read this :-)

Dragon5150
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   Posted 3/20/2014 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
why do you think you have lupus?

gingycat
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   Posted 3/20/2014 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Some of my symptoms are:
short term memory loss, lung and chest pain, depression, joint pain in my knees and elbows, a rash which is itchy and some times there will be no rash but really really itchy, a not to obvious rash on my face (across nose and checks), bad fatigue, shortness of breath for no reason, i have had pneumonia 5 times hospitalized for 3 of them and just consent felling of unwell.

RachMarie
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   Posted 3/20/2014 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome :)

I'm new to all of this too and waiting to see if I have Lupus. I may not be able to answer your questions but I do know that there are certain criteria used to diagnose Lupus which you can read about here:

http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-diagnostic-criteria

I hope that helps :) Also, I think it's so important to be comfortable with your doctor and if you feel like you're not being taken seriously you should definitely try to find a new one.

gingycat
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   Posted 3/20/2014 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the reply's :)

couchtater
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   Posted 3/20/2014 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
There are 11 indicators for Lupus you need to meet only 4 of the 11. ANA is one of the 11.
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