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Normal bloodwork?

Can a person have Lupus but, bloodwork come back normal?   My doctor says that I have inflammatory tendencies. How long did it take for you to get a diagnosis?  Thanks for all of your help.
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Gosh there are so many here more learned than I; I'm sure you'll get some good responses. Lupus is one of those conditions that's like an invisible disease. It mimicks chronic fatigue or even EBV and has a plethora of symptoms And diagnostic criteria.
You didn't say if you'd had the ANA antibodies test done with your bloodwork?
There's a combination of things that need to come together before they'll give you a lupus diagnosis, only one of which is the ANA antibody test. The different types of arthritis are also inflammatory.
I was diagnosed with systemic lupus 10 years ago with primary symptoms being that of discoid lupus (sun allergy, fatigue, joint pain) but a couple of years ago my primary did a complete review of my history and referred to a well known rheumatologist and they determined that I never should have been diagnosed with systemic lupus, though the lesions on my face are apparent with the discoid lupus diagnosis.
I know that my fatigue ebbs and flows with my hormone changes every two weeks... I tend to have more depression with the hormone changes. They'd also told me that the hormone changes in pregnancy could put me into a full blown lupus where the body literally begins attacking its own connective tissues ~ SLE in its worst form attacks the liver, kidney, and heart, the soft tissue organs, and joints. That's probably tmi considering you don't have a diagnosis yet, but you might be able to see a rheumatologist that specializes both in arthritis & lupus. (Not all rheumy's are learned re: lupus) Best Regard to you ~ you'll 'meet' a lot of great people here ~
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Hey girl,

What test did your dr. do?

And what exactly are your symptoms?

LZ is right. There many people on this forum that are very knowledgable.
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I have similar questions.  I had negative tests for a long time.  Then, out of the blue, they accidentally found increased rhumatoid factors which led them to run some other tests.  My levels were only ever mildly increased.  For a couple of years, I was on 400mg of hydroxychloriquine, then went down to 200 mg.

Here is the strange thing about blood levels.  I have had more trouble with pain and sickness this fall than I have in years and my blood tests were all normal.  Not just normal, but better than they have ever been.  It makes absolutely no sense to me.  The only thing I could think of was that since I was going through a bout of pancreatitis when they ran the tests, maybe my body was too busy fighting something real to fight itself.  :-)  But I really have no idea.
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