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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

I have  recurring flares of  rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back.  My ANA is 6:40.  I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Have butterfly rash on face lower back pain joint pain and shortness of breath and feel sore all over body what could be causing this ?

Have butterfly rash on face lower back pain joint pain and shortness of breath and feel sore all over body  what could be causing this ?

See your doctor: Several conditions such as lupus, spondyloarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or viral infections can cause some of these symptoms. Your doctor can do testing to help explain them. ...Read more

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I have an ANA positive, ESR 17, chromatin positive 6.7. Joint pain, fatigue, butterfly rash and fatigue. Is this lupus?

I have an ANA positive, ESR 17, chromatin positive 6.7.  Joint pain, fatigue, butterfly rash and fatigue.  Is this lupus?

Sounds like it: I quacks like lupus but you really need the help of a rheumatologist to help you avoid damages to your organs. He is in the best position to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I wake up with swollen eyelids, and I have joint pain and faint butterfly rash and fatigue,hot flashes should I be worried that this is a flare ,SLE?

I wake up with swollen eyelids, and I have joint pain and faint butterfly rash and fatigue,hot flashes should I be worried that this is a flare ,SLE?

SLE: Diagnosing systemic lupus erythematosus is a tricky proposition. The symptoms you describe have a wide range of causes. SLE can sometimes present with a rash, swollen eyelids and joint pain but these symptoms alone do not necessarily indicate SLE as the cause. ...Read more

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Have a Positive ANA>320 Atypical Speckled Pattern. CRP ,Sed Rate & RF all wnl. Other SX Reynaud's,dry mouth,butterfly rash,fatigue & joint flare-up's?

Have a Positive ANA>320 Atypical Speckled Pattern. CRP ,Sed Rate  & RF all wnl. Other SX Reynaud's,dry mouth,butterfly rash,fatigue & joint flare-up's?

Need specialist: It sounds like you have one or more of the often-overlapping autoimmune diseases in the lupus / scleroderma / Sjogren's / mixed connective tissue disease family. The real question will be how to treat you. This is why we have rheumatologists. You'll need to partner with your caregiver as you sort through this incredibly confusion area within medicine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have mild swelling on legs, severe constant joint pain,fatigue,butterfly rash,SLE the other day there was blood In my pee could kidney be damaged?

I have mild swelling on legs, severe constant joint pain,fatigue,butterfly rash,SLE the other day there was blood In my pee could kidney be damaged?

Should be checked.: There is something called lupus nephritis, in which the process of SLE inflames the kidney. Any new hematuria deserves investigation into the true cause. This does not mean the kidneys are damaged, but the cause of your symptoms should be clarified. ...Read more

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I have SLE of nephritis, fatigue,severe joint pain butterfly rash,cough,fever,mild swelling,had blood in pee one day could it be kidney damage, flare?

I have SLE of nephritis, fatigue,severe joint pain butterfly rash,cough,fever,mild swelling,had blood in pee one day could it be kidney damage, flare?

Could be: SLE is a multi-system disease which can effect multiple organ systems. You mentioned that he already had an SLE nephritis. That could cause the hematuria. Have him see his doc soon. ...Read more

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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a fever , cough,butterfly rash, migraine, joint pain ,and sle should I be worried?

See details: If you have been diagnosed with lupus you are likely flaring and need to call your rheumatologist. If you suspect lupus you need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Butterfly Rash (Definition)

"butterfly rash" is usually in reference to lupus and refers to a red rash, usually made a lot worse with sun exposure, that shows up across the cheeks and nose. Apparently, someone thought this reminded them of the ...Read more