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Old 10-11-2012, 12:03 AM   #2
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Re: Nervous...

The rheumatologist will want to review your history, current symptoms and probably order more blood tests. The sed rate and CRP elevation indicates inflammation, which is most likely causing your joint pains. The ANA is a screening test for lupus, an autoimmune disease, and it sometimes occurs in people with ITP or a history of it. The elevated WBC may be from the inflammation. Lupus can actually cause high or low WBC counts, so that is not unusual. A diagnosis of lupus is based on lab results PLUS certain symptoms. You can read more about that on the sticky notes at the top of the lupus board. The Dr. will most likely start you on treatment for it if a diagnosis can be made at this point. If not, you will need to be monitored and treated symptomatically with antiinflammatories. Having had your spleen removed puts you at somewhat higher risk for infection, so try to reduce your exposure to anyone you know has an infection you could catch. Hope this helps until you get to see the rheum.

 
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