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Date Joined Feb 2015
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   Posted 4/14/2015 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
For past 2 years from Oct-April i will have inflammation in my chest, leg pain, knee pain and back pain and swelling. My Dr had me do blood and it came back 1:180 and 1:80 homogenous the first and second time she tested it (a year in between) she sent me to a rheumatologist who has ran every single blood test under the sun and he said i have nothing that he sees and told me to wean off the prednisone that i had been prescribed. The thing is its warmer now and i am off the meds and feel good no pain at all. I have heard from numerous people to be diagnosed with lupus you cannot base it off blood work but he the rheumy said if blood work is normal i do not have it. Im just a person who will go through life with a positive ANA. I am at a loss.

Does lupus come and go with weather changes? Also anyone who has been on prednisone how long has it taken you to lose the weight? Thanks!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 4/14/2015 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Lupus is diagnosed using the 11 indicators list designed by the top doctors of rheumatology. You must meet at least 4 of the 11 indicators. Positive ANA is one of the 11 indicators. So you can have lupus without supporting blood work.
Lupus can flare up and wane in cycles. It depends on your body's immune system.
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