Could it be Lupus?

Could it be Lupus?

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  • Posted By: BabyThespy
  • July 3, 2007
  • 07:43 AM

Ever since I hit puberty, I have been getting ill alot. I go to the doctor with tiredness, body aches, fever, and just overall feeling awfull. They always just say I have a "flu-like virus". It has been happening to me about twice a year, every year since I was about 13. Year round, I am constantly having little bouts of illness similar to the severe ones, but not nearly as bad, and as a result, I am always tired. I have already had my gall bladder taken out and I am only 20. I have also been having debilitating joint pain in my knees, ankles, and occationally, my back and wrists. I have also begun to start shedding alot more than ever, my hair is always getting thinner. I was recently sick with the West Nile Virus, and when my doctor was looking over my record b/c she was trying to determine what was wrong with me, I made the comment that undiagnosed illnesses was the story of my life. She told me that with my medical history, there is a strong chance that I could have Lupus. She ended up admitting me to the hospital b/c of the severity of my illness, and she told me to have them look me over for lupus while I was there. But when I suggested it to the doctor at the hospital, he kind of brushed me off saying that I couldn't possibly have lupus b/c I don't have arthritis and a rash. But I was reading up on lupus, and most sites were saying that joint pain is more common than arthritis in lupus patients and that the rash only appears in about 50-60% of lupus patients. Is it possible that what I have is lupus? Or could it be something else? And if it is lupus, what is the general prognosis?

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