Re: Lupus or MS
Did you check out the sticky post at the top of this message board about the diagnosis criteria for Lupus? It is real helpful because it lists the eleven criteria for diagnosing Lupus. I'm no doctor, but it can be challenging to receive either a diagnosis of Lupus or MS because the symptoms can vary and be over a long period of time. I was diagnosed with Lupus by one Rheumatologist in May and now my current Rheumatologist is not 100% confident with the original diagnosis.
There are many blood tests for Lupus (ANA, Sed Rate, Rheumatoid Factor, Anti-La, Anti-Ro, etc.) and urine tests to check the kidney function. Positive results from these tests plus other symptoms, such as joint pain, swelling, malar rash, hair loss, mouth ulcers, nose ulcers, fatigue, etc. help the Dr. to come to the conlcusion of Lupus.
Also, have you had a MRI of your brain yet? Often neurologists look for lesions on the brain for MS and perform a neurological exam. I was tested for this, as well, because for some time I had numbness and tingling down both arms to my finger tips and one side of my face. It turned out I had myofascial pain disorder and muscle knots in my shoulder blades and neck were causing the numbness and tingling.
I know it is a great deal to take in and it can be very challenging not having any definitive answers. I am not having such an easy time of the wait-and-see method, but would rather get a definitive answer than an incorrect one. I hope you get some answers soon. Please keep us bosted. I wish you all the best!