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Old 12-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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Lupus Carrier?

Ok, so I'm a little confused....I am a 41 year old female....I have 2 sisters (one has MS and one has Lupus/Fibromyalgia). I also have a 24 year old daughter that has Lupus/Fibromyalgia. I've been tested for Lupus: ANAs are negative....twice. My family doc says "I think you were a carrier". I googled it and many articles say Lupus isn't "carried" could it have just passed over me genetically or???????....confused. Any thoughts?

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: Lupus Carrier?

Melissa, hi. Lupus isn't a heritable disease, so your family doctor's word choice wasn't appropriate. No one really know what combination of genes and environmental factors cause it, actually, but study after study have shown it's not directly "passed". Yes, AI's tend to run in families, but even so, many family members won't get *any* AI.

I think you should borrow hardcovers from your local library and read how the lupus experts explain this. Take good care, Vee

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