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Old 09-16-2011, 07:57 AM   #1
denise m.
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica or Lupus or what? New to all of this

Hi everyone...I have never posted on a message board before. I have a question I really haven't been able to find an answer to online anywhere. I have had muscle pain and flu like symptoms for years. It recently got worse and I was hospitalized in June with what the ER Doctor originally thought was systemic shingles. I was put in isolation for 2 days because of the rash and fever and flu like symptoms. I was unaware of the fact that I was being given Prednisone in my IV along with anti-virals. With in 2 days I was telling the Doctors that I had never felt better in my life and the "shingles" were almost disappearing before my eyes. Needless to say, everyone was amazed. I had 3 infectious disease doctors come in to see me and they all decided that I did not have shingles...but they couldn't identify the rash because it had changed so much since being on the prednisone. But to make a long story short I had a follow up with a new Doctor and she did some lab work. My C reactive protein level is 32.1 and my Sed rate is 58. She says that I could have Polymyalgia Rheumatica but since I'm only 50 and this has been going on for years she is more certain it's Systemic Lupus. I am being referred to a Rheumatologist. I guess my questions is that I've looked at site that post the tests for Lupus and I never see anything about c reactive protein or sed rate. Are these two things indicative of Lupus?

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