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   Posted 2/20/2018 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
6 months ago I developed a rash that I have tried everything to cure and nothing is helping, then the fatigue set in, and body pain, and now sensitivity to the sunlight. It’s like my whole body is fighting against me. I have been tested multiple times for everything out there by my primary doctor and all the blood work comes out negative. Is it possible to have Lupus and the blood work comes out negative?

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   Posted 2/21/2018 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
It is possible....


[Edited to make link active.]

Thanks for the fix Lynnwood smile

Post Edited (Tinkerbee) : 2/21/2018 3:15:17 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/21/2018 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
First, Lupus is diagnosed by a rheumatologist, not by a primary care doctor. Second, Lupus is diagnosed by a collection of symptoms, not just by blood tests. A patient can easily be diagnosed by a preponderance of symptoms in the absence of blood tests.

Since you are suspecting Lupus, I would suggest an appointment with a rheumatologist to get a workup!

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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