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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. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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Ana 1:640x10yrs, other labs neg. Flares of rashes, fatigue, arthralgia, myalgia, dizziness.Crp & sed normal during flares!tx: plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) & low doses pred prn. Dx?

Ana 1:640x10yrs, other labs neg. Flares of rashes, fatigue, arthralgia, myalgia, dizziness.Crp & sed normal during flares!tx: plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) & low doses pred prn. Dx?

Fibromyalgia : This all could be related to your fibromyalgia. The positive ANA could due to something else. Most people with a positive ANA do not have lupus or any other inflammatory joint disease. ...Read more

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High+anax10yrs, other antibodies neg.Recurring flares: joint pain, lethargy, sicca, chest pain, rashes.All sun induced.Responds to 10mg prednis. Best dx?

High+anax10yrs, other antibodies neg.Recurring flares: joint pain, lethargy, sicca, chest pain, rashes.All sun induced.Responds to 10mg prednis. Best dx?

Guessing: Too difficult to answer. Rheumatologic disease is often recognized by subtle characteristics of disease and progression over time. Can't be seen or well appreciated on line. Symptoms are often vague and overlap. Labs are helpful but not diagnostic. Best "test" is consistent follow up with rheumatologist and best diagnosis is what they give you. ...Read more

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Had all tests neg & facial biopsy show seb derm but biopsy missed main rash. possible to have seb derm as well as lupus? fatigue, joint pain, rashes

Had all tests neg & facial biopsy show seb derm but biopsy missed main rash. possible to have seb derm as well as lupus? fatigue, joint pain, rashes

Seborrhea vs Lupus: Have you been diagnosed with lupus? Certainly symptoms of joint pains, malar rash and fatigue can be due to lupus and the can be together. ...Read more

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+ana that went from 1:80 to 1:160 within a month. Neg-other antibodies, on and off flares, joint pain, chest/face rashes, fatigue, cough, chest pain?

+ana that went from 1:80 to 1:160 within a month. Neg-other antibodies, on and off flares, joint pain, chest/face rashes, fatigue, cough, chest pain?

Positive ANA: Symptoms may be suggestive of fibromyalgia; especially, if you have insomnia, depression, headaches. Was skin biopsy was negative? However; 1:160 titer is less likely to be falsely positive; a patient with no objective clinical evidence of an autoimmune disorder, but with high ANA titer should be followed expectantly for the emergence of a possible connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Positive ANA 1:640speckled 1:80speckled strong family history of lupus and RA i get rashes joint pain sob fatigue fevers no diagnosis yet have to do pft why?

Positive ANA 1:640speckled 1:80speckled strong family history of lupus and RA i get rashes joint pain sob fatigue fevers no diagnosis yet have to do pft why?

CTD & Lungs : With clinical features of lupus/ra, family history of lupus/ra, & blood tests indicating an underlying rheumatological disorder, most likely ra/lupus or another auto-immune disease process is present. Pft is one way of evaluating unexplained sob. Both RA & lupus can cause various forms of pulmonary disease which is another indication for the pft. Breath deep and as hard as you can! ...Read more

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Son suffers from anxiety severe sunburn and blistery rashes from sun canker soars fatigue joint pain and now leg itching resulting in rash. lupus?

Son suffers from anxiety severe sunburn and blistery rashes from sun canker soars fatigue joint pain and now leg itching resulting in rash. lupus?

Need more history: in that the above information is insufficient to make a specific diagnosis. How much sun exposure? Is son fair or olive skin? One joint or multiple? Injury or none? Appearance of rash, possible contact or exposure, history of eczema, etc. If chronic and feeling fatigued, start with a physical by your doctor and blood tests may be helpful. ...Read more

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Positive ANA twice speckled pattern negative ENA strong family history of lupus mom aunt cousin. Grandmother had RA have joint pain fatigue rashes sob?

Positive ANA twice speckled pattern negative ENA strong family history of lupus mom aunt cousin. Grandmother had RA have joint pain fatigue rashes sob?

Please see rheum: Please see a rheumatologist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. People with a strong family history of rheumatologic disease are more likely to develop it. Speckled pattern ANA can be found in systemic lupus and in other connective tissue diseases. This needs an evaluation as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My dr won't diagnose me, but my joint pain/stiffness, fatigue, dry eyes/mouth, rashes, raynauds & rashes improve on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). What does that mean?

Autoimmune disease: You probably have an autoimmune disease that does not meet criteria fully for diagnosis. With time, criteria may be met and a diagnosis may br given. If you are getting better with treatment, then a formal diagnosis is not critical. ...Read more

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Im complement deficient. What does this mean? Low C3 and c4. joint pain, low back pain, rashes, anisocoria, low tsh, fatigue etc and it's not lupus

Im complement deficient.  What does this mean?  Low C3 and c4.  joint pain, low back pain, rashes, anisocoria, low tsh, fatigue etc and it's not lupus

Likely secondary: You probably has an autoimmune condition which is consuming the complements thus accounting for the low levels. Have you seen a rheumatologist? if so, you need to rush to find one. ...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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ANA 1:640, malar rash in sun, periodic leukopenia,pleuritic chest pain,photosens rashes,mouth sores,raynauds,muscle & joint pain;sed rate,C3,C4 normal?

ANA 1:640, malar rash in sun, periodic leukopenia,pleuritic chest pain,photosens rashes,mouth sores,raynauds,muscle & joint pain;sed rate,C3,C4 normal?

Malar rash: What you are reporting is not normal. Most of your problems could be caused by an autoimmune disease, most likely Lupus. You need to be seeing a doctor. Doctors who specialize in this type of disorder are Rhematologists. ...Read more

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I'm about to go traveling. I have joint pain and rash, what can I take with me as precaution?

I'm about to go traveling. I have joint pain and rash, what can I take with me as precaution?

Illness: If your symptoms are of recent onset you must be checked for an infection before traveling as you may need antibiotics, see your doctor first. ...Read more

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My cousin has had a rash vascular problems and joint pain for two months. Could this be lupus? And what should she do

My cousin has had a rash vascular problems and joint pain for two months. Could this be lupus? And what should she do

Maybe: There are several possible explanations for these symptoms. The easiest thing is to see a doctor and have blood tests done for lupus as well as being evaluated for other possible causes. ...Read more

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I have a blotchy, not itchy rash, covering most of my body. I also have been having a good bit of joint pain. What should I do?

I have a blotchy, not itchy rash, covering most of my body. I also have been having a good bit of joint pain. What should I do?

Need eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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What can cause a red rash on palms, joint pain and stiffness?

What can cause a red rash on palms, joint pain and stiffness?

Rash: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Lower leg rash along with swelling and joint pain?

Lower leg rash along with swelling and joint pain?

See a physician: Many possibilties exist. Your situation is one that needs a physician evaluation rather urgently. A good history, physical exam, lab work and possible drainage of the joint swelling will likely produce the diagnosis or at least narrow the possibilities and allow for appropriate treatment measures. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more