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Could I have lupus

I have concerns that I might have Lupus. I have a high SED rate, low vitamin D, and lots of bodily aches in joints etc. I have seen a Rheumy who sent me back to my PCP. I was told that I likely have polymyalgia since they can't find anything else. I was prescribed Mobic to take for pain this all took place in July-Aug. Late in Nov I had a cough which lead to chest pain. I was told I had bronchitis and pleurisy. A month later my chest is worse (tho it had felt better) and I have to clear my throat once in a while, but no other cough sysmptoms. ER dr ordered bloodwork, XRay, and EKG. All were normal. He dismissed me w/Pleurisy. I am concerned that dr's are missing something deeper as the cause. TIA for any help.
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Have they checked your ANA?  That will tell if you have something autoimmune such as lupus going on.  A high SED rate says you have inflammation, a low vit.D rate is what most people with some sort of illness have.  I would ask for a full lupus panel of bloodwork to be done.  Good luck and let me know.
Joni
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Thank you so much for the info you provided. I did check the results of my ANA which was done last August, and it was negative. Should I still pursue a full Lupus panel? Warm Regards, Monica
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Hi Monica,

I agree w/ Joni, and yes I think you should pursue more testing.  Be sure and spend time in the sun prior to having your ANA rechecked.  Even if it is cloudy.  About 15 - 30 min. depending on how much skin is exposed.  What this will do is, if you have lupus it will cause the ANA to be elevated.
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