Re: Lupus question...please help
Hi, Lynn. Did the disturbance on your legs have a lacelike pattern? There's something called livedo reticularis, a vascular disturbance, you might want to check out using the SEARCH BOX (above left). I got that way, too, from sun.
Have you seen a rheumatologist? And, other than CRP, do you know what other tests were run? Anything that looks like lupus bloodwork, e.g., ANA, anti-ds-DNA, anti-Sm, anti-Ro, anti-La, anti-RNP, RF, etc.? Even though bloodwork *alone* can't diagnose lupus, it's an important facet of the overall investigative process. And sometimes test results may point to some "close cousin" of lupus...
It's a good idea to maintain a personal file of your test results, and to keep a brief log of what symptoms, when, how long they lasted, etc.
The three "sticky posts" (permanent posts) at the top of the thread list convey how systemic lupus is Dx'ed. It's complex. And there are variants called "subsets". For a deeper understanding, there are some excellent hardcovers in most libraries & bookstores; look for Dr. Daniel Wallace &/or Dr. Robert Lahita.
I hope you post again when you can. You'll find good company here, plus a lot of variety in our symptoms, etc. Bye for now, with best wishes, from Vee
(Dx'ed 7 yrs. ago with the SCLE subset, on Plaquenil, & avoiding sun)