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Kathie, Hi & welcome. I'm just a patient , but I can suggest lupus hardcovers found in most bookstores & libraries. Look for Dr. Daniel Wallace &/or Dr. Robert Lahita. Both are noted rheumies & explain everything at great length.

Also, have you seen the three "sticky posts" (permanent info posts) at the top of the thread list? They contain info on diagnosing SLE & APS (a blood clotting disorder).

My understanding is that people can develop systemic lupus (SLE) even into their 80's. But in addition to SLE, there are OTHER kinds of lupus, sometimes called "subsets":
1. DLE = discoid, featuring scarring lesions + perhaps pain & fatigue
2. SCLE = intermediate form, falling between DLE & SLE. Rashes don't scar.
3. DILE = drug-induced. This one often hits older people, as older people tend to take more meds. (I'm older, too, so no offense is intended!) There are a fair number of common drugs, including ones for high BP & cholesterol, that have been linked to DILE. Those hardcovers can tell you much more.

About ANA: Actually, it's NOT diagnostic for lupus, as it elevates in other diseases as well (rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, myositis, dermatomyositis, etc.) More specific blood tests, urinalysis, symptoms, etc. are usually done next.

About sweating: I don't know... I certainly had some, but I was also in perimenopause when my problems peaked. Thyroid levels may also cause this? (Not terribly sure on that, either.)

About clicking sensations: I had that & also tingling, esp. in my arms. I was borderline anemic, which can also cause unexplained neuropsychiatric sensations, as one of my lab printouts phrased it.

I hope this gives you some leads & that you post more soon. Best wishes, Vee





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