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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. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Rash, fatigue, joint pain flares, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety. No fibro hot spots. Negative lupus tests. Don't see what else it could be?

Rash, fatigue, joint pain flares, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety. No fibro hot spots. Negative lupus tests. Don't see what else it could be?

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety is a subjective state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, sweating, palpitations, tremors, and fatigue. See you pcp for the referral. ...Read more

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5 mo wait for rheum, is dermatomyositis w decreased lung vol a worry, or unikely w/ mild hand, eyelid rash, increasing prox muscle weakness, but neg c react, jo pos ssa, rf, ANA musc, joint pain numbness

5 mo wait for rheum, is dermatomyositis w decreased lung vol a worry, or unikely w/ mild hand, eyelid rash, increasing prox muscle weakness, but neg c react, jo pos ssa, rf, ANA musc, joint pain numbness

See details: This issue needs immediate attention and a wait of 5 months is unacceptable. Have you family doctor call the rheumatologist directly to see if an appointment can be scheduled in the near future. If not, find another rheumatologist or consider a university center. ...Read more

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Low haemoglobin, muscle weakness, bone tenderness and pain in joints when stressed or folded. What is the cause and what test should I do to analyse?

Low haemoglobin, muscle weakness, bone tenderness and pain in joints when stressed or folded. What is the cause and what test should I do to analyse?

See a rheumatologist: You have a group of symptoms that may or may not fit together. I would see a rheumatologist. They will listen to all of your symptoms, do an exam, and order a custom set of labs based on your history and exam. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Low haemoglobin, muscle weakness, bone tenderness and pain in joints when stressed or folded. Should I do some test before going to a rheumatologist?

Low haemoglobin, muscle weakness, bone tenderness and pain in joints when stressed or folded. Should I do some test before going to a rheumatologist?

See the doctor,,,: If you have these symptoms and signs you should see your doctor asap. You might have an arthritic disease of you could have something else, especially if you've got low hemoglobin. This alone should be reason to see a doctor as you're likely fatigued, at least in part, due to this. It can also be a sign of other diseases. So don't wait for a test, see your doctor first & get tests there also. ...Read more

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Break out in hives in sun, migrating athralgia, rashes, fatigue, muscle weakness, neuropathy but neg ANA ENA fbc etc. Surely must be early lupus?

Break out in hives in sun, migrating athralgia, rashes, fatigue, muscle weakness, neuropathy but neg ANA ENA fbc etc. Surely must be early lupus?

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety is a subjective state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, sweating, palpitations, tremors, and fatigue. See you pcp for the referral. ...Read more

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Skin rash on back immediately followed by fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, joint pain, vision problems, throat pain. Rash resolved but others Persia?

Skin rash on back immediately followed by fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, joint pain, vision problems, throat pain. Rash resolved but others Persia?

Skin rash: Sounds like could be Lyme but need much more information. Ticks out there yet? i do not know what Persia refers to but we can figure that out when we do 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Hurts when my joints crack and also muscle weakness. Could I have a disease?

Joints crack: Typically joints crack due to weakened soft tissue supporting structures (muscles, ligaments, tendons). If the muscles are already known to be weak, a cause for the weakness should be sought. Aging and deconditioning of the muscles could be a cause but evaluation by a doctor is advised to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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What would cause muscle weakness, joint pain, and fatigue as your only symptoms?

What would cause muscle weakness, joint pain, and fatigue as your only symptoms?

Many possibilities: The symptoms you present are not specific they may represent metabolic problems like thyroid or parathyroid disease, true arthritis, muscle disease and many other possibilities. If symptoms persist further evaluation needs be done see your physician. ...Read more

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What type of blood titers would be ordered for muscle weakness, fatigue, and joint pain?

What type of blood titers would be ordered for muscle weakness, fatigue, and joint pain?

It depends: Lab tests are ordered after a complete history and physical exam. The test depend somewhat on the results and the history and exam. ...Read more

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Will weight lifting or playing golf have any long term effects, like joint instability, muscle weakness and pain?

Will weight lifting or playing golf have any long term effects, like joint instability, muscle weakness and pain?

Lumbar spine : Those sports put alot of stress on your spine. Do them if you love them though. Enroll in a pilates course to strengthen your core. Everything in moderation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone suffering from constant stress and (ocd) anxiety attacks to have muscle weakness in legs that lasts all day?

Is it possible for someone suffering from constant stress and (ocd) anxiety attacks to have muscle weakness in legs that lasts all day?

Possible: Absolutely possible because anxiety has strong effects on our muscles and systems. Weakness can be prevalent which chronic stress and anxiety. However this by itself is unusual and i would recommend an evaluation to make sure. ...Read more

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Recent pain in joints, fatigue and chills, no fever. Also muscle weakness and stiffness?

Recent pain in joints, fatigue and chills, no fever. Also muscle weakness and stiffness?

Should see doc: The number and serious nature of things that can cause this warrants a trip to your physician. Will need some basic labs, review of your risk factors, history of screenings, and a good exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more