i forgot to mention i hve had routine bloods which aare normally within ranges however sometime low wcc and low monocyte only slightly though
Hi and WELCOME to MedHelp Lupus forum!
It is very possible that you could have lupus. I would strongly recommend that you spend time in the sun prior to your ANA being tested. Just around 10-20 min. (depending on the strength of the sun) before you go into see the dr. I left early for my appointment and just stood outside the door. What this does is, if you have lupus, it will cause an anutoimmune response and cause your ANA to spike. This will help out in the dx process. Otherwise, it would be best for you to STAY OUT of the sun. Until you know otherwise.
Another test you have not mentioned is a vit D test. Most people w/ autoimmune disorders have low vit D.
Lupus is a progressive disease. So I agree w/ your mother. I started out with a very mild malar rash, but as time has gone by, it has become much more promonent. As far as the lymph node goes, I wouldn't concern myself. I've had a swollen lymph node in the same location for over 14 years. The dr. told me unless it grows there is nothing to worry about. It will become painful sometimes in the Spring.
The most common symptoms of lupus are joint pain w/swelling, fatigue and the rash. These symptoms wax and wane. The joint swelling is not immediately evident. My joints didn't start to turn red and swell until about a year and a half of tremendous symptoms. So, yes, it is a progressive disease in some. I have heard of some that have symptoms that come on suddenly w/ organ involvement.
Other things that can mimic lupus are: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and lymes. There are also other tick born illnesses that can mimc as well.
Keep in mind that since your mother has lupus, your ANA will probably be elevated too, just because you have a genetic factor in your family. If your ANA is a low titer, they may not get too excited. That's where the sun exposure comes in at. The ANA is also just one (1) of the 11 criteria for lupus. Anemia is another. If you would like for me to send you the criteria and other related symptoms I can.
How long has your mother had lupus and how is she doing on her medication. I too am taking the generic of plaquinel. It has giving me my life back!
thanks for the advice much appreciated and thanks for the tip i would appreciate it if you sent me the info mentioned. my mum is doing well she does still have flares and the plaquinal cause side effects(flactulance) wich she hates but would rather that. she has one bad uti per year with bleeding in urine etc. she has skin flare ups uite often obviously worse in summer but she is 100 times better since meds. she has to have ranitidine and at times amiltriptyline (for neuralgia) thank you again
As you may have caught on, I'm a vitamin nut. I have found that chlorophyll capsule really help w/ flatulance amazingly! I've had irritable bowel for many years. Years and years before I knew I had lupus. That symptoms seemd to go hand and hand w/ bowel problems.
There are 11 criteria for a lupus dx. You must have at least 4 of the 11 to recieve a dx.
1. malar rash over cheeks (butterfly rash)
2. discoid rash, red raised patches
3. photosensitivity - reaction to sunlight, resulting in skin rash
4. oral and nose ulcers
6. serositis - inflamation of the lining of the lung or heart
7. reanl disorder - excessive protein in urine and/or cellular casts
8. neurologic disorder - seizures, or psychosis
9. anemia or low white blood countor lymphopenia or low platelet count
10. positive ANA
11. positive anti-DNA or anti-Sm, or antiphospholipid antibody or false pos. syphilis test
Other symptoms are:
shortness of breath
blood in urine
hair falling out
muscle pain and weakness
poor circulation in fingers and toes
tingling in extremities
raynauds (where fingers turn white when cold)
intollerance to cold
...to name a few