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IWANTACURE - First of all, this board is designed for people to share their experiences with others and to be supportive to others. Every post I've read of yours is negative and over bearing. I would appreciate it if you would refrain from scaring people about helpful medications and refrain from giving me an undiagnosis. I happen to have had a second and THIRD opinion by RHEUMATOLOGISTS! So, unless you're a rheumy and you've physically examined ME, don't tell me what I do and don't have.

I think everyone would agree with me that there are people with lupus that Slorjens (sp?) Syndrome who experience extremely dry eyes. But, that doesn't mean that everyone with lupus has it.

Here is a copy of ACR Criteria to diagnose lupus from Angelic Brat's Sticky Post at the top of the board: Only four of these eleven are required for a diagnosis. If you don't believe that you don't have to have dry eyes for one of the eleven criteria to diagnose lupus, take it up with the American College of Rheumatology, not me!

ACR CRITERIA FOR DIAGNOSING SLE
Malar Rash
Discoid Rash
Photosensitivity
Oral Ulsers
Arthritis
Serositis (pleuritis or pericarditis)
Renal Disorder (persistent Proteinuria in the urine or cellular casts)
Neurological disorder (seizures or psychosis)
Hematologic disorder (anemia, Leukopenia or lymphopenia on two or more occasions, thrombocytopenia
Immunologic disorder (positive LE cell preparation, abnormal anti-DNA or ANTI-Sm values, False postive VDRL (syphilis test)
Abnormal ANA Titre

"The american College of Rheumatology (ACR) an organization of doctors and associated health professionals who specialize in arthritis and related diseases of the bones, joints and muscles, has developed and refined a set of diagnostic criteria...if at least 4 of the 11 criteria develop at one time or individually over any period of observation, then the patient is likely to have SLE however, a diagnosis of SLE can be made in a patient having fewer than four of these symptoms."





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