Could this be lupus? No butterfly rash.

Could this be lupus? No butterfly rash.

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  • Posted By: ktpenn
  • June 21, 2009
  • 00:44 PM

I am at my witts-end and am hopeful someone will provide me w/ the feedback that will help me find answers. Here's my story. I am a 27year old female, who was actively going to the gym, working as an RN, and no significant medical problems, with the exception of high cholesterol.
About 1 month ago, I woke up w/ feelings of heavy/weak limbs, tingling to the right side of my body, and diarrhea (unsure if related). I was experiencing chronic urticaria intermittently, which began about six months ago, but now occuring daily. As days progressed, my body became unusually and extremely fatigued. I started getting sharp pains in my neck shooting down my back that has gradually become a consistant overall (especially lower) back pain. I have had low-grade fevers almost daily over the past month. I get numbness/tingling sensations sporadically throughout the day. I do have decent days and "flare-up" days where I can barely feel strong enough to walk because my body is stiff, heavy, and tight. Recently, I have been experiencing indigestion (unsual for me), blurred vision, and sudden nausea. As time goes on I feel the symptoms progressively get worse. These are the treatments I have already received: MRI of brain (normal, no leasions); MRI of cervical spine (4mm hemangeoma, insignificant). Battery of labwork, including Lyme, which was negative (although I don't trust general Lyme testing, w/ an increase in false negatives, and believe that area needs to be investigated further). My labwork was WNL, w/ the exception of a POSITIVE ANA 1:160, Nucleolous Pattern. I have an appt w/ a Rheumatologist this week, assuming to rule out autoimmunde d/o's. I have already been to a neurologist, who did nerve condution testing and basically ruled out a "neurological problem" and said the Rheumotologist can take it from here. I did take a course of Predisone that was very helpful w/ the symptoms but I dont want to mask the symptoms, I want to know why they are there! I don't think I can manage feeling this way much longer, and I would truly appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much.

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