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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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Is developing inflamed joints, muscle weakness, and a skin rash after having a chemical stress test normal?

Is developing inflamed joints, muscle weakness, and a skin rash after having a chemical stress test normal?

No: This usually does not happen. There may have been an underlying issue that presented itself with the symptoms after the stress test. Seek the help of board-certified allergists to further evaluate this problem. ...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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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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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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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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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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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


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