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I'm very new at this, just been diagnosed with SLE end of March-early April 2006. I had many many tests done on me such as a skin biopsy, kidney biopsy, lots of bloodwork and urine tests. All the tests came back positive for SLE. It took about a month for the diagnosis. But in the beginning, during the month of March, before I was diagnosed with SLE, I was very sick for 2-3 weeks with high fevers, very swollen/achey lymph nodes, fatigue, weightloss, weakness, some hairloss, joint pains, and swollen fingers. I visited my family doctor during that time and said I may have a bad FLU. So she prescribed me with an antibiotic and told me to take tylenol for the fever. That antibiotic didnt help, so she prescribed me with a different antiobiotic, and THAT didnt work. She was baffled. :? :?: Then a rash appeared across my face and spread to the back of my ears and upperback. The rash wasn't itchy, but it appeared out of nowhere. So I went to a dermatologist that quickly recognized a symptom of lupus--the butterfly rash. To make sure, she did a skin biopsy. Tests came back positive for SLE. I immediately found a rheumatologist and a nephrologist. After more tests, it was definitely SLE. :idea: So that rash helped with my diagnosis, without it, I probably would still be mysteriously sick to this day... :?
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