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[COLOR=Indigo][CENTER][B]Hello Everyone :wave: [/B] [/CENTER]

[INDENT]I have read the sticky post on, "Criteria to Diagnose Lupus." I believe their may be a slight possibility that I may have Lupus. I have absolutely know idea if my Rheumatologist is even looking is this direction or not as he really doesn't tell me much. I only started to see him this past February when my neuro surgeon referred me to him to rule out Fibromyalgia. At my first visit he ran a small amount of blood work because my iron count was extremely low. He did find that a had a sed rate of 37 and my ANA was normal. At my next appointment he did give me a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and prescribed me Bextra and Effexor. Since then my pain has gotten much worse and I have developed arthritis in shoulders which was confirmed by x-rays in his office. He then diagnosed me with Tendonitis in rotator cuffs and said that I may develop frozen shoulder. He also ran more blood work and I also had an elevated CRP. I haven't gone back yet and I believe that I have frozen shoulder in both arms.

Over the years I have had the Facial Rash. I have had to buy expensive make-up to try and cover this and it doesn't always work. About 7 years ago I did have Pleurisy and that was extremely painful. I have had much hair loss over the years but I thought that could possibly be from age, although I am only 40, I just feel much older. I have joint pain throughout my entire body. My Rheumatologist has told me that the Bextra is not working for me and I will need something much stronger. He did give me a script for a seven day supply of steroids with a refill that didn't work for my pain or inflammation. I have an appointment to see him again next month.

I realize that it does take time for the doctor's to sort out all of a patient's symptom's and test result's before giving a diagnosis. But I was wondering if my situation sounded familiar to anyone and if so, approximately how long did it take for your doctor's to give you a diagnosis. I also realize that my symptoms could also be something could mimic Lupus and I could get a diagnosis of something else. Thank you all for your time.[/INDENT]

[CENTER][B]:angel: Jeanne :angel: [/B] [/CENTER] [/COLOR]
Posterolateral Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy & Discectomy on L4,L5,S1 June 2003
Instrumentation = 2 Rods, 6 Screws, 2 Disc Spacers
[U]Lumbar MRI 1/20/04[/U]
Small amount of post operative fluid collection at level L4 which does not appear to communicate with the thecal sac.
Encasement of the thecal sac at L4-5 level by enchancing soft tissue, consistent with epidural fibrosis.
Displacement of the left S1 nerve root, consistent with epidural fibrosis.
[U]Lumbar Myelogram 2/26/04[/U]
Mild indentation on the subarachnoid space is noted at the level of L4-5 & L5-S1 where there is non-specific soft tissue slightly displacing the subarachnoid space.
[U]Lumbar Post Myelogram 2/26/04[/U]
L4-5 non-specific soft tissue is noted in the dorsal & ventral epidural space..
L5-S1, there is non-specific soft tissue noted in the ventral epidural space slightly displacing the dural sac posteriorly.
[U]EMG 9/13/04[/U]
Distal Peroneal Neuropathy Bilaterally
Bilateral Chronic L4 versus L5 Radiculopathy
Straightening of the Normal Cervical Lordosis.
Mild Congenital Narrowing of the Spinal Canal.
C4-5, C5-6, C6-7 Herniated Discs
C4-5 & C5-6 , Cord Flattening at these levels.

[B]Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Diabetes,
Anemia, Asthma, Acid Reflux, Migraine's[/B][/COLOR]

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