Re: Help Needed
Melliann, hi. I don't know how long anti-dsDNA & Sm take (sorry).
I want to describe a few pitfalls I encountered. First, there are actually quite a few auto-antibodies seen in lupus. Anti-ds-DNA and anti-Sm are in the criteria because they're both considered highly "specific" to lupus---yet there are others possible. You get a copy of your results from your dr., to see how wide a net was cast. (I turned out to have Ro-lupus. Silly me!)
I believe ANA & some of the specific antibodies wax/wane as flares build/recede, so timing of tests can be important. But a good dr. will retest if your symptoms persist.
I had killer headaches for years, show-stoppers that required Bellergal or Fiornal. But some people with lupus also have APS, a blood clotting disorder that can cause headaches, strokes, miscrriages, etc. So I hope your dr. also tested you for APS.
Have you noticed the sticky posts (permanent info posts) at the top of the thread list? Contain good starter info.
Are you also using a Mayo dr.? I'm pooped w/headache, so I'll say bye for now. Hope you post more soon. All best wishes, Vee