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 www.lupus.org
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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