Take a nice, slow, deep breath, purse your lips, and exhale slowly, counting to four. relax. Try not to fret over it. We can't tell from here if you've got SLE or not, and no two foks have the same exact symptoms. Is your thyroid condition Hoshimoto's? That's an autoimmune condition, where your body attacks your thyroid. You'll go anemic, low on D, etc., very similarly to what you describe. Thyroid hormone therapy levels often have to be bumped-up as you progress with the issue. Sufficient Vitamin D levels are important. Since the thyroid controls just about everything in your body, you can have bone, muscle, nerve & emotional issues. An SLE diagnosis is a process of elimination usually, where a doctor makes certain that you don't have an underlying "base" condition causing the symptoms. They called my last flare by several names, one of which was "psoriatic indicative" or similar, which worried me about psoriatic arthritis, but it was a term used to describe the sores on my head. That's not to say you don't have SLE or something other autoimmune. Read up on autoimmune stuff, but don't get too deep into it, since a lot of the internet stuff does nothing but scare a person that doesn't have anything to worry about.
As to the blood work terms, you could use an internet search engine and look them up, or browse around the site here, and read through the "stickie" threads at the top of each section. There's all sorts of useful info on here. If you're like me though, you might get a pinch confused by it all. I don't know of a way to increase your white blood cell count, but that is a symptom that your doc(s) would use for diagnosis. Try not to worry about that. It's important that you trust your doctors. If you're not comfortable with one, try to find another, if your insurance will let you. Ask around the folks you know who they go to. It's great if you know someone who works in the medical field. My wife, mom-in-law & sis-in-law all work in the medical field, and it makes it much easier to find good docs that are actually nice. Mention what area you live in, and maybe someone here could recommend you a rheumy.
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