Re: Unknown autoimmune, nonspecific symptoms? help please!
Hazel, your symtpoms, in my opinion, are NOT nonspecific, and with a positive ANA at 1:80, I would look for another rheumatologist. You have hair loss, rashes, joint pain (an 18 year should not have any joint pain, whether severe or not), exhaustion, heat intolerance, etc, all of which are common symptoms in lupus. I would ask for a thorough workup looking for any other evidence of autoimmune markers, and get a skin biopsy from one of your rashes by a dermatologist, including immunofluorescent studies, as some diagnoses come from biopsies. Repeating the ANA would be helpful too, as levels can fluctuate. Your Dr seems to be dismissing your complaints. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can be treated and feel better. Good luck.