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Old 05-11-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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anticardiolipin and fatigue

I don't have any diagnosed disease apart from 'hypermobility' which my rheumatologist says is likely to develop into fibromyalgia. Lots of low level autoimmune/connective tissue type symptoms though.

The most troubling of my symptoms are fatigue and dyspareunia / vulval pain.

In terms of blood tests the only things that have really come up unusual have been low lymphocytes (for years! but never clinically so low doctors have wanted to do anything about them) and the presence of anticardiolipin antibodies (again a low amount and only enough to retest not to intervene) Other lupus tests came back normal.

Does anyone know whether these could point to any condition - and also whether anticardiolipins can lead to fatigue (cardiolipin is a vital component of mitochondria which generate our energy so my guess is yes!) and what can be done if anything to correct this preferably without drugs.

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Re: anticardiolipin and fatigue

anti cardiolipin antibodies - short answer: no. Those tests are run to check for Hughes syndrome, please see the stickies over on the Lupus Board. They have to do with miscarriages and blood clots, in very high amounts. Low lymphocytes but not clinical, again no. But Ehler-Danlos has a large variety of degrees, and I believe that fatigue, joint pain and dyspareunia can be part of it. I am just a patient, though having said that, I believe, perhaps mistakenly, that hypermobility does not lead to Fibro. 2 different conditions that one might have together. I would check again at your next visit to see exactly what your Dr meant.

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Re: anticardiolipin and fatigue

Hypermobility doesn't exactly turn into fibro, because hypermobility is a connective tissue problem and fibro is a neurological problem

People with hypermobility are at greater risk for both fibro, due to pain/injuries and early osteoarthritis, due to the strain on the joints. Also, may Ehlers-Danlos patients may be initially misdiagnosed with fibro.

 
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