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   Posted 7/9/2014 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
    I would appreciate any input. I'm a 44 year old female that has been hurting on and off for several years with other symptoms as well. My elbow hurts and swells really bad I have steroid shots put in it they have said this is tennis elbow, my body hurts all the time some where (knees, neck, back, hips, feet) I feel like something is attacking my muscles or joints. I feel tired most of the time even after sleeping for 7 hrs I feel just as tired and stiff and sometimes it hurts to put my feet on the floor. For several years my hair has been falling out I have hair throughout my house but i'm not going bald or anything like that just another concern I've had. I finally broke down to my doctor and he did some blood work and my ANA came back positive so he is sending me to a specialist. Can anyone tell me if this sounds like it could possibly be Lupus, my family doctor seems to think maybe it is. Thanks again for your input.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/9/2014 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you seen the 11 indicators of lupus at You need to meet 4 of the 11 to be diagnosed by a rhuematologist.
Only a rheumy can tell you if you have lupus or something else autoimmune.

Yes, lupus involves many of the symptoms you've described, but it could be something else. Try not to worry yourself while you wait to be diagnosed. Meanwhile, we're here to listen and support you through the testing and afterwards.

I can suggest you try biotin for your hair loss. It can slow down the loss and strengthen what's there. Don't worry your hair will regrow, mine was straight as a board before and now it's very curly.
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