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Date Joined Sep 2014
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   Posted 10/14/2014 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I know about the 11 symptoms list and i do have a few of them.

I have not been diagnosed with lupus. Although my specialist nurse said that the photos i showed her of my face when it had the typical butterfly rash was definatley a light sensitive rash as did my rheumatologist.

There as been no tests as of yet, but that was the next step. i was wondering how do they get your ANA results? Is it by blood?

I have psoriatic arthritis and have been on methotrexate for just over 4 months now and although i have saw slight improvement i still have tender and painful joints.

More recently i have been having really bad muscle pain in the tops of my arms. They ache, feel heavy and in general really uncomfortable.

My main problem is i know with lupus one of the medications you can take is methotrexate which as i said i am taking. So if i did have lupus why am i still experiencing the really baf muscle pain ?? Or eould you say it could be something else ?

Any advice is really appreciated.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 10/14/2014 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, ANA is a blood test. Lupus is tricky, a med that helps one person may not help another person - so *IF* you had Lupus, it is entirely possible your version of Lupus does not respond to MTX.

You need to see a rheumatologist - they are the Drs who diagnose auto-immune diseases such as Lupus.

Best wishes,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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