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    Default Doctors are starting to talk lupus can anyone tell me if these symptoms sound like it

    Last week my hands and feet swelled up turned red and were real painfull to were i couldnt grip anything and could barely walk. I also had some weird bumps were it was kind of hard white and painful to the touch on my arms. I went to the ER and they thought it was an allergic reaction they gave me benedryl and other drugs to counter an allergic reaction and nothing worked. So they admitted me thinking it was a auto immune problem. I stayed their three days after a day and a half the swelling went down and after i was discharged it was still painful but that also subsided. Two days later right before bed i had a weird feeling around my throat like my shirt was really tight. The next morning the front of my neck was painful and my throat felt like it was closing up. through out the day my legs started to hurt like my legs were on fire. everytime i stood up my legs would feel like they were on fire. When i would sit down it would go away after five minutes but it was like that all day. I called my doc and he said to return to the ER i went back and was admitted again and was told that the muscle around my voicebox was spasming and they couldnt figure out why and they could not figure out why my legs were doing that. Since i have been home i have been itching all over. The itching is waking me up three to four times a night and its constant all day. My head arms back everything is itching. My forehead seems like its on fire and i have small bumps on the back of my head and my face has also started breaking out and it never has before. Also since this has started most of my joints are sore. My fingers, wrists, knees, and also old injuries that i have in my back and shoulder are flaring up worse than normal. Also i have noticed weight loss and i am always tired but i am chalking up the tired stuff to being up all night itching. I have droped at least 10lbs in the past week and havent changed my diet at all. Also i have been getting the cold sweats alot lately. Just alittle more info i am a 28 y/o male. also i have had some blood work done and here are the different results i have gotten back.

    CK =24

    QUANT. CRP 40.6 MG/L

    MY ANA TEST RESULTS READ

    RF = NEG
    ANA SCREEN = A>1:40
    ANA PATTERN = SPECKLED
    ANA TITER = 1:40

    CCP AB IGG <15.6

    If their are anyother test results i should post let me know. Any info would help even if its get the hell of my board its not lupus. Just kind of worried right now because if it is i will definatly lose my job because i am in the army.

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    unfortunatelly there is no doctors who are members here.

    i do know if you have lupus, you will not be the only army member who has it.
    so you do not have to be discharged because of it.
    if you do get a discharge on medical reasons, it will be because you meet the criteria for a medical pension.
    not all lupus patients qualify for the pension.

    your list of symptoms do sound similar to an auto immune problem.
    they sound as if you have muscle swelling.
    but once again we are not doctors, just patients who care.

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    Thanks and i understand about no one being a doctor. I was just wondering if anyone could help and see if the symptoms sound right and if maybe they recieved the same type of test results. it going to take a while for me to see a specialist because i have to wait for my regular doc to put in a refferal and that could take a couple weeks to get aproved. I was just kinda hoping for a heads up of what to expect.

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    There is a sticky on the top of this page entitled criteria for diagnosing Lupus. It speaks about most of the tests used when diagnosing Lupus.
    The values of some of the tests (such and ANA) can differ from one lab to another. The standard for ANA is usually around 1:60. Here are some websites that provides a detailed explanation of ANA titers, the significance of "speckled" and "diffused"; they also explain other tests used in the diagnostic process:
    www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet
    labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ana

    If, after reading these pages, you still have questions, please do not hesitate to come to us again.
    I do hope that you find some answers that will alleviate some of your fears.

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