Posted 1/23/2018 10:26 AM (GMT -6)
I don't quite know what to make of the sensation you describe - don't think I've ever experienced or heard of anyone experiencing anything like that.
Sure hope you can get an earlier appointment with the rheumatologist! Have to asked ot be put on their wait list in case someone else cancels?
In the meantime, take note that Lupus is NOT diagnosed by bloodwork alone, but by having 4+ of the 11 diagnostic criteria.
1. Malar rash: butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
2. Discoid (skin) rash: raised red patches
3. Photosensitivity: skin rash as result of unusual reaction to sunlight
4. Mouth or nose ulcers: usually painless
5. Arthritis (nonerosive) in two or more joints, along with tenderness, swelling, or effusion. With nonerosive arthritis, the bones around joints don’t get destroyed.
6. Cardio-pulmonary involvement: inflammation of the lining around the heart (pericarditis) and/or lungs (pleuritis)
7. Neurologic disorder: seizures and/or psychosis
8. Renal (kidney) disorder: excessive protein in the urine, or cellular casts in the urine
9. Hematologic (blood) disorder: hemolytic anemia, low white blood cell count, or low platelet count
10. Immunologic disorder: antibodies to double stranded DNA, antibodies to Sm, or antibodies to cardiolipin
11. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA): a positive test in the absence of drugs known to induce it.
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