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   Posted 12/15/2015 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
ANA, thyroid panel, rh factor, SLE and comp metabolic panel, note what do I look for in these tests?

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   Posted 12/15/2015 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Preferably negative results. 😆

But thyroid and RF test will usually be definitive in their answers unless your sero-negative.

Lupus is trickier. There's a list the rheumatologist goes by to determine if you have it.

Check out labsonline.Com for fuller definition of the tests and what the doctor looks for.
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   Posted 12/16/2015 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 12/16/2015 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
The 11 criteria you’re referring to were not developed to help doctors diagnose lupus patients - they were developed to help researchers set standards for patients allowed into various clinical drug trials … as for blood work, i’ve read reports of people in full blown flares having normal lab work.

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   Posted 12/16/2015 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Rheumatologists routinely use the 11 criteria as a guideline to help diagnose Lupus and other auto-immune diseases.

Yes, you can have Lupus with normal blood work, blood is only ONE of the 11 symptoms examined. Or, you can have "positive" blood work and not have Lupus. That is why Drs rely on symptoms.

Lostpuppy, it's best if you let your Drs interpret your labwork and evaluate your symptoms. If you are suspecting Lupus or another auto-immune disease, make sure you are using a rheumatologist who is well-versed in diagnosing and treating these diseases. Generally the best Drs are those involved in the local chapter of
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