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Malar rash, photo sensitivity, joint pain, general feeling of being ill, etc., but negative ANA and RA factor. Any ideas as to what it could be? 

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Suspicious for SLE

Sounds suspicious for systemic lupus erythematosus if you have any 4 out of 11 diagnostic criteria.
Negative ANA does not necessarily exclude the possibility of sle. what is important is to put the current symptoms into an overall context that includes blood tests, duration of symptoms, other illnesses, and medications, and to develop a treatment plan based on the total information. See a rheumat.

In brief: Suspicious for SLE

Sounds suspicious for systemic lupus erythematosus if you have any 4 out of 11 diagnostic criteria.
Negative ANA does not necessarily exclude the possibility of sle. what is important is to put the current symptoms into an overall context that includes blood tests, duration of symptoms, other illnesses, and medications, and to develop a treatment plan based on the total information. See a rheumat.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 52 possible

http://en.diagnosispro.
com/differential_diagnosis-for/facial-malar-flush-rash/33343-154.html. There are at least 52 possibilities you may read them all here. My suggestion....Go to the dermatologist you might need a biopsy.

In brief: 52 possible

http://en.diagnosispro.
com/differential_diagnosis-for/facial-malar-flush-rash/33343-154.html. There are at least 52 possibilities you may read them all here. My suggestion....Go to the dermatologist you might need a biopsy.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lupus

Lupus, mixed connective tissue disease both have symptoms listed and may have negative ana.
The sedimentation rate or CRP may be abnormal. Discuss with doctor about therapeutic trial with drugs for lupus - prednisone, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for therapeutic response. A skin biopsy for immunoflourescence could be a positive test for lupus despite negative blood test.

In brief: Lupus

Lupus, mixed connective tissue disease both have symptoms listed and may have negative ana.
The sedimentation rate or CRP may be abnormal. Discuss with doctor about therapeutic trial with drugs for lupus - prednisone, Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for therapeutic response. A skin biopsy for immunoflourescence could be a positive test for lupus despite negative blood test.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Connective tiss dis

With some cases of lupus, dermatomyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma tests may not be positive until a whle after symptoms exist and special ANA tests may be needed.
Drug-induced lupus can be caused by some medications, possibly you're on a new medication or one that is now starting to cause the problem, or are you on a tetracycline for lyme disease and have sympotoms from the lyme & rx?

In brief: Connective tiss dis

With some cases of lupus, dermatomyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma tests may not be positive until a whle after symptoms exist and special ANA tests may be needed.
Drug-induced lupus can be caused by some medications, possibly you're on a new medication or one that is now starting to cause the problem, or are you on a tetracycline for lyme disease and have sympotoms from the lyme & rx?
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Family Medicine

In brief: Loose ends!

While the experts are debating i would suggest beginning a wellness program of diet exercise and sleep hygiene.
Joints and tissue love to be massaged, stretched, heated and nourished with vits and minerals. Magnesium will soften issues (epsom soaking). Most important is a myofascial release specialist, hands-on or dry needling or acupuncture.

In brief: Loose ends!

While the experts are debating i would suggest beginning a wellness program of diet exercise and sleep hygiene.
Joints and tissue love to be massaged, stretched, heated and nourished with vits and minerals. Magnesium will soften issues (epsom soaking). Most important is a myofascial release specialist, hands-on or dry needling or acupuncture.
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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