Tired of being sick and tired, need a dx

Tired of being sick and tired, need a dx

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  • Posted By: Adisney990
  • February 16, 2007
  • 06:05 PM

I've had various symptoms of lupus over the years but not enough at once to alert any doctors. However, about a month ago I noticed my throat began to hurt. This went on for a few weeks ranging from severe to mild but I treated it with motrin and ignored it. Well last week I woke up with a rash on my face. It wasn't as defined as the malar rash, it was in the middle of my forehead down my nose around my mouth and also on my chin and neck. I've also noticed what looks like zits on my temporal lobes but it's not acne at all. I've always had clear skin so when I get zit like bumps on my face that last for a month I tend to notice. The fatigue is unreal. I chalked it up to lack of sleep, but after getting caught up again I still find myself dragging and that's not normal either. The pain and swelling in my joins is too annoying and sometimes hurts so badly that I cry. I'll wake up in the middle of the night and try to extend my leg and it's completely stiff just moving it kills me. Or I'm walking around the office and my hips hurt. But my jaw swelling up to the point that I can't eat can't be ignored. Then comes the nose and mouth ulcers. Now I just wish someone would just shoot me. From what I've read the ulcers aren't supposed to hurt but they do. Moving right along to the fevers. I wear a heavy coat all day because the chills are so bad and eveyone else thinks I'm crazy. And last but not least the leg swelling, sometimes they swell up so big it hurts to cross them. So finally I told my doctor to do an ANA which of course came back positive. It was speckled and the titer was only 1:80. I did the DNA test today and I'll get that back next week. I just need to know with all the crap I've got is there anything else that this could be other than lupus? My Rheumatoid factor came back negative. I'm really worried and scared and if anyone knows of anything that fits these symptoms and it's lupus please let me know. Thanks

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