Could it be lupus?

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Date Joined Aug 2015
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   Posted 8/3/2015 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I have been experiencing various symptoms for a number of years now, and have only recently had the courage to see a doctor and have blood tests carried out. These have all come back as normal. I have booked another appointment for the doctor as I know that something is not right. I frequently have tender lymph nodes, I itch every day, mostly late afternoon onwards, I'm always tired, I frequently have unexplained bruises, I have sore hands and feet (mostly at night, but occasionally in the morning), which feel like my tendons are stretched. They have been known to burn, but haven't felt that way for a while. I also often see patches of petechaie or purpura in places like my inner elbows, thighs, etc. Over the years, I've had occasional rashes on my hands, and on my temples as well as dry patches again on my inner knees and elbows. I've also had really sore joints, such as my shoulder, jaw, hip, etc although all at different times. I do feel that my muscles are generally weak and heavy.

None of my symptoms are unbearable like some I have read about on here, but lupus is one thing that always comes to mind.

Would anything show up in the bloods I had done if it was lupus?

Thanks in advance.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 8/3/2015 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Lupus is diagnosed by having 4 of 11 symptoms (see link below to Diagnosing Lupus). Blood work may be one of the 4, but you can have Lupus without anything showing up in blood work.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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