I have psoted on other boards. I am still waiting for some sor t of diagnosis. I have another mri scheduled in the future. The neurologist wanted to know if I have been tested for lupus.
Some of my symptoms: numbness and tingling, itching, eye pain, fatigue, sensitivty to certain clothing (not pain, but itching and severe sweating within min of getting dressed) night sweats, raynauds, dry eyes,
after checking with gp I have been tested for lupus, and tests were neg. Is it possible to neg results and still have the diseas. No one wants to answer the question.
Hi! I wanted to respond to your post because I know it can be frustrating to not get feedback....especially when you are nervous. I am IN NO WAY a Lupus expert. I only know what I know because my sister was dx last year and I had some "funny blood" as my Rheumie likes to say... so here it goes.
You need 4 of 11 criteria and WITHOUT any blood work to solidify Lupus...it is unlikely you have it. I would check to see which tests were negative to make sure they did the right ones. Also, I have very similar symptoms and got bounced around. I had one + blood test and no symptoms or other blood work for Lupus....so, after temporarily ruling that out, we are checking for Lyme. There are a lot of similarities and according to what I have read, could possibly cause Lupus antibody test to be elevated.
Anyway, hope this helps. Please post if you figure it out!
I, too, know how frustrating it is not knowing what is going on with your body. I know I was much more able to face my diagnosis than the not knowing. I had lab test that showed a positive CRP (C reactive protein), RF Igg, RF Igm and ANA titer. This was discovered on my seeing a third Rheumatologist, who finally diagnosed the lupus. I also have fibromyalgia, post cervical fusion and heart disease so it was difficult to address. From the beginning of my symptoms to my lupus diagnosis took about 5 years and numerous doctors. It was well worth the time and effort though as I feel I finally have a handle on my care and a doctor who is proficient not only with fibromyalgia treatment but lupus as well. Just don't give up. It just takes time and effort and continued interest to find out the cause of all your symptoms. I hope you soon have your answer and a well defined treatment option.
hi there lild4 ... sorry to hear you are struggling at the mo ... welcome to limbo lounge! many many people have been there and can relate!
to answer your question: Is it possible to neg results and still have the disease
YES, there is a small % (3-5%) of lupians that continually get a neg blood results but do have other symptoms and are lupus positive.
There are ppl (JennyNJ) that have pos bloodwork but never get other symptoms and are lupus neg!
bloodwork is only part of the dx'ing criteria ... there is no 1 test to test for lupus but a band of bloodwork that can be done (ANA, dsDNA plus others) but these are threshold tests, could also indicate other AI (auto immune) involvement ... so it is critical to have a holistic approach and your medical history holds clues that the doctor can pick up on
a rheumatologist is the best doctor to dx lupus
read the sticky posts (3 permanent posts at the top) you need 4 out of 11 (not necessarily at the same time)