Re: Test results + Symptoms = possible Lupus?
Dear Shell, Welcome! For suspected lupus invlovling more than skin-only, a rheumatologist is usually the best bet.
What type of dr. found the lupus anticoagulant antibody? Are you taking any medication for it? Going in for regular check-ups and testing? (Just curious.)
What a dr. should look for: see the first & third "sticky posts" ( = permanent posts) at the top of the thread list. The third lists the ACR criteria for classifying & diagnosing systemic lupus (SLE). To support a Dx of SLE, a person must meet "4" or more criteria, at some time during her lifetime, not necessarily all at once.
ASIDE: There are also lesser & variant forms of lupus, called "subsets", for which a person does NOT have to meet "4" criteria. Several examples are SCLE (subacute cutaneous LE) & DLE (discoid LE).
The criteria mentioning specific autoantibodies is confusing. There are actually *many* autoantibodies possible in lupus; but only *two*, anti-DNA and anti-Sm, make the list. This is because only these two are considered totally "specific" to lupus. In contrast, the others appear in mulitple diseases. e.g., anti-Ro is seen in both lupus & in Sjogren's.
The first "sticky" has several posts. One contains a resource which provides detailed info on lab tests.
Because you're positive for lupus anticoagulant, I think it makes sense that you are checked out for lupus. I hope you keeping posting here. So, bye for now. Best wishes, sincerely, Vee