Re: Chronic Hives - linked to autoimmune?
It sure does. With the hives, joint pains, chest pain and fatigue, you could have lupus, an autoimmune disorder that affects primarily young women. I would get the ANA repeated and see a rheumatologist who can do several other tests looking for clues. Unfortunately, symptoms of autoimmune diseases can precede the lab confirmation by several months to years, so some people get stuck in the no-man's land of an unidentified chronic illness until it declares itself completely. If symptoms continue, I would get the new SLE test that is available called AVISE-SLE. It is more sensitive than the standard ANA test and may show something when the standard test does not. You can ask your Dr's office to order it for you or many rheumatology offices have the test kits now. It is possible your skin biopsy may provide some answers as well. Someone has already put you on the first line treatment for lupus, Placquenil, which takes 2-3 months to build up and noticeably help symptoms. Good luck with nailing this down.