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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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Muscle pain and weakness all over, pain/tightness in my chest w/coughing, fatigue, chills, rash started at my feet that spread all over my body.

Muscle pain and weakness all over, pain/tightness in my chest w/coughing, fatigue, chills, rash started at my feet that spread all over my body.

If recent: It these symptoms have been present for just a few days, a viral infection would be the best guess. If these symptoms have been present for more than a couple of weeks or are getting worse, you need to see your doctor. ...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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Blotchy rash in malar pattern along with migrating joint/muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue. rheum says it's not lupus due to bloods. no idea what it is?

Impossible to say: There are many disorders that can present with the symptoms you describe. Does your rheumatologist have any idea what it is? If not, get another opinion. ...Read more

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Saw rheum for malar rash, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue. he ran FBC, ENA, ANA, CK Enzyme, Complement. all normal/neg so he said no lupus. confused?

Saw rheum for malar rash, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue. he ran FBC, ENA, ANA, CK Enzyme, Complement. all normal/neg so he said no lupus. confused?

See details: There should be no confusion. You don't have lupus. A malar rash is most often the result of rosacea and the generalized aching and fatigue can have numerous causes. Ask the rheumatologist if it is not lupus, what is it? ...Read more

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Should i seek second opinion? all rheum tests neg for lupus but continuing malar rash, migrating joint/muscle pains & fatigue. want answers?

Probably yes: All the symptoms you have may or may not be related to sLE. There is ANA-negative sLE, but it is very rare and hotly debated whether it actually exists. If you have not yet seen a rheumatologist, make sure you see one. If you have, you may want to go to one of several excellent university-affiliated rheumatology clinic. ...Read more

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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


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