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Lupus did not show on my last exam, is it possible for it to hide itself?

Lupus did not show on my last exam, is it possible for it to hide itself?

No, but: There are many, many types of connective tissue disorders, so is best to have several tests done by a rheumatologist depending on what your symptoms are. ...Read more

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Might someone have lupus and it not show up in the blood?

Might someone have lupus and it not show up in the blood?

Rarely: A small percentage of lupus patients do not have a positive ana. As a rheumatologist, i cannot remember the last time i saw a seronegative lupus. ...Read more

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I've been tested 3 times now for lupus within a year does it really take that long to show up in your blood?

I've been tested 3 times now for lupus within a year does it really take that long to show up in your blood?

No: If your ANA and other autoantibodies are negative, it is highly unlikely that you have lupus. Constant retesting of lab will not change anything. ...Read more

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Can lupus show up on your blood tests?

Can lupus show up on your blood tests?

Spectrum of things: Lupus is diagnosed through a spectrum of findings and not just a blood test. Blood tests help us, but are certainly not the end all be all. There are cases where people have lupus wih negative blood tests. ...Read more

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Will mild lupus show up on a ANA test?

Will mild lupus show up on a ANA test?

It depends: Lupus has many different symptoms. There are varieties of lupus limited to the skin. In these types, the ANA can be negative. However there are more severe forms of lupus, that can effect almost any part of the body. Commonly effected organs include the joints, kidneys, lungs, brain, and blood vessels. In these forms of lupus, the ANA test is almost always positive ...Read more

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What are the signs of lupus if the blood test didn't show anything?

See details: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0041704/ The above link should give you the info. However, if the ANA is negative, the chances of you having lupus is small. ...Read more

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If ones lupus currently shows normal labs(other than high ana)does that mean they shouldn't have any bad lupus days or lupus symptoms & feel fine every day?

No: Lab tests are only one indicator of sle activity. You and your doctor are the best ones to judge how active your disease is and whether your symptoms are related to sle or another cause. ...Read more

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I had a court hearing for SSI and my blood work shows lupus my dr filled out all the paperwork judge gave me 4days to get more proof?

I had a court hearing for SSI and my blood work shows lupus my dr filled out all the paperwork judge gave me 4days to get more proof?

Legal question: i take it that you're claiming disability due to lupus, and need to show evidence of lupus-related disability within four days, and you cannot get that evidence that soon from your doctor.Ask your lawyer if you can get extension from court, or (if not) if you can withdraw the case without prejudice (that means there would be no down-side of withdrawal). If you've no lawyer, perhap soc sec adviser. ...Read more

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Dealing with all these symptoms of lupus with a positive Ana just not high enough to diagnose. How sick do I have to get to show in bloodwork?

? Lupus: ANA isn't the only criterion, and some cases are seronegative, i.e. have normal ANA, you may very well don't have lupus. Kindly follow up with your doctor/rheumatologist, best wishes ...Read more

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Some doctors saying lupus would show in bloodwork straight away others saying it takes time to develop and wouldn't show for a while? confused?

May take time: First a positive test for lupus is only one of eleven criteria for diagnosis- the number needed is at least four. Second, there are quite a few false positives. Third, there are cases where four or more criteria other than a positive test can suggest lupus or a relative.It takes much more than quibbling about a blood test to diagnose lupus and disease evolution over time does occur. ...Read more