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Docs cannot figure me out.. Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 19, 2007
  • 06:00 PM

I have been back and forth to my doctor and other specialty doctors. My blood work came back showing that I was very healthy. The only thing that shouldnt be there was ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES. They have doubled since December. They can not figure out what is going on. I am 30 and I feel like I live In an 80 year olds body. I am tired, I always seem to have a fever, I have pain in one leg and hip pain in the other. My biggest concern is that I have night sweats. It can be associated with different cancers. Someone Please Help ME!!:confused:

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  • Hi!I don't have a response for you but I just wanted to share my experience. I am a nursing student so it is very hard to tell me that the symptoms I feel is all in my mind. You always feel like diagnosing yourself as a mean of finding some immediate help since the doctors won't diagnose. It took me two years to convince the health services at my school that there is something wrong. When my doctor recommended psychotherapy, I cried in front of him and his nurse practitioner-in-training and then said this is the last time I am coming to the health services ever! After that he shocked me. He said he will draw blood work if I promise I will come back. The phlebotonist noticed me crying like crazy and recommended me to the lead administrator of the health services who is also a nurse practitioner. Finally, the doctor called me two weeks later and mentioned to me that my ESR is stightly elevated and I am positive for ANA. He suggested systemic lupus, but we need more blood work. I did some reading on systemic lupus, which I shouldn't. But it effects you mentally, giving a mental blurring and slowed reaction time. This is the reason I suffer in clinical all the time. Also, I have tried treating minor symptoms like the fluid that accumulates in my gut with Fibercon and now I have even worse acid reflux and worsening of breating. I also have a new lymph node enlarged under my left armpit along with the previous lymph enlarged below my bellybutton and the new ones I got at the back of my throat after a recent steroid inhaler use I had although my lungs are fine. So lupus gets worse with medications although medications are prescribed for specific symptoms. The best thing is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and meals, and get plenty of exercise, and stay positive. Lupus also gets worse the more you try to find a diagnosis, because it's frustrating when you cannot get a diagnosis. But a positive ANA is the key indicator of lupus. I do not have a diagnosis and I don't know if I will, but have your doctor suggested systemic lupus at all? Watch the medication and over the counter things that you take and trying to treat your self with naps, food, exercise and good mood in the meantime.Eschina
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