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Hi everyone. So glad to have found this board. I'll try to briefly give you my background.

In June I started having terrible upper abdominal pain every afternoon for several hours. Nothing was found except for some inflammation of the stomach lining, then voila -- one day the pain just suddenly stopped after about 2 1/2 months.

Immediately following, I started waking up so stiff I could hardly move. That was soon followed by joint pain that seemed indicative of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had blood work done and everything was OK except my ANA direct was very elevated at 710.

I've since been going to a Rheumatologist and am on 400 mg of Plaquenil, which has been working very well. But I still have a big question mark. He's not sure if it's Lupus or RA. Aside from the ANA test, arthritis, and extreme fatigue, I don't have the "typical" Lupus symptoms, i.e., skin rashes, mouth sores, but the doc says it's very complex and not at all an "across the board" kind of disease. Plus it could be very early in its onset.

Anyway, I just had a follow-up ANA test to see if it's come down any since starting on Plaquenil, and will hopefully have the results next week.

I think that about covers it. Glad to have found this board!

Marilyn





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