There are blood tests and 11 criteria that can help the diagnosis of Lupus but it can take a VERY long time. I have SLE and Fibromyalgia and there is NO blood test or specific tests for that one, just 18 areas or pressure points the doctor will press on (I think) that are very sensitive or painful. Fibro can cause chronic fatigue, headaches, sore muscles and tissues, sore joints, etc. It is hard to live with but it will not hurt you like Lupus can.
Edit: Also, there are few drugs that can help for Fibro, regular pain killers are pretty much useless. One drug that I started in December I have found helps me some. It is an old anti depressant called Amitriptaline. It is not really used anymore for depression but it has been found to be helpful at low doses for people with Fibro. It has taken the edge off of my pain a little bit and helps me sleep better.
Last edited by Hunniebun; 01-04-2012 at 02:19 PM.
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