Do I have Lupus?

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   Posted 2/13/2018 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Are these symptoms for Lupus?
I’m 17 years old and recently I have been having several health problems in the last 3 years. The first things that started was severe abdominal pain that the doctors couldn’t seem to explain. Recently I’ve figured out that part of that problem could be due to inflammation. Now it randomly will flare up and the debilitating pain will last a month or longer. Just last month I went to the hospital with severe chest pain so bad that I couldn’t talk or take a deep breath the ER doctor said it was costochondritis and I was down with that for about a month. Right after that was done I got the flu for three weeks and the costochondritis came back. In between that I have had an overall feeling of not feeling well. I have severe headaches almost every morning and that’s generally accompanied by an achey feeling throughout my body. It become more of the norm for me not to feel well then to feel well. Many times my feet will get red and swollen generally at night. I have had iron deficiency anemia all my life. Recently my mom mentioned that it was possible I could have or beginning to develop lupus. My older first cousin has lupus as well she was diagnosed when she was seventeen... my mom did say that she was a little sicker than me but were still wondering couldn’t this be the early stages of it?
Also I generally develop a breakout on my chest, sometimes it’s itchy but other ties it is not. Always just
Thought it was acne but it’s a lot bit different that acne on face. I found out that rashes on chest is the second most common place of breakout for people with lupus.

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   Posted 2/13/2018 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
If you and your mother are concerned about the possibility of Lupus the first thing to do is to make an appointment with a rheumatologist. I suggest checking with the Lupus Org at to find your local chapter of the organization. Then check in with the local chapter to see which local Drs are active on the advisory board -- these are generally the Drs most interested in and most experienced with Lupus in your area.

While you are waiting for your appointment, note that, typically four or more of the following eleven criteria must be present to make a diagnosis of Systemic Lupus.

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 (non-erosive) in two or more joints, along with tenderness, swelling, or effusion. With non-erosive 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. Neurological 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.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
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   Posted 2/14/2018 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Lynnwood gave you good advice. Lupus is dx'd by a combination of symptoms and labs. No one here can or should tell you if you have lupus. Lupus can take many months or years to be diagnosed because it mimics many conditions.
As far as your symptoms present, I don't see anything that you have listed that screams lupus.

Ask your doc if your medical history warrants a referral to a Rheumatologist. And in the meantime, try not to focus so much on lupus. It is definitely something you do not want.
Sounds like a lot of anxiety going on.
Best of luck..
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