I am a regular on the Lyme forum, because that is what I suffer from. I suspected my daughter is infected and her Dr did a complete blood panel.
She was ANA positive, high protien, low T3, free. She has several Lyme symptoms, except one I have not heard of. Every so often (once a month or more), she has peeling skin on her palms. Her palms are not red, they just peel.
I am going to have her tested for Lyme, but I know nothing about Lupus. I know Lyme can mimic Lupus and have known some that have tested positive for Lyme with positive ANA tests.
She was actually bit by a tick 4 yrs ago and didn't find it to be significant until I was diagnosed, which was last month. Around that time 4 yrs ago, she was very sick with flu like symptoms most of the winter. I took her to the Dr and all they could say is she has a virus. about a year later, she started to have behavioral problems and was dx with ADHD and Bipolar. She was on meds for that for a year and a half. I think she had heavy metal issues as well during that time as she had braces. about 6 mos after the braces came off, her behavior improved drastically. I do not believe she is bipolar. Currently, she has started to have problems again concentrating, has extreme chemical sensitivity, joint & muscle pain, headaches, dizziness, chronic sore throats, vertigo, confusion, disturbed sleep, fatigue, occasional muscle twitches, and many other symptoms specific to Lyme. We go back to the Dr tomorrow morning.
I know there are several overlapping conditions here, but I was hoping someone could shed some light on Lupus a bit.
When the ANA test was positive, the lab did a couple? SCL70 tests for Jo-1 and scleroderma, which were negative.
Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.