Welcome to the forum. It sounds like you are having a bad time of it. Sometimes it takes a long time to get diagnosed as Lupus is a hard illness to diagnose. They call it the great imitator big time. It will mimic a lot of other illnesses and that is why the doctors state that you have to have meet at least 4 of the criteria of the 11 that they list to diagnose Lupus. The ANA pattern that you talk about is seen in Lupus, but they will not diagnose on that alone. I hope that you can get some answers and soon. There will be others that have a lot of information that may help you that will come on here. I am relatively new to the site, but not new to Lupus. I will be 50 in December and have had lupus most of my life, however I did not get diagnosed until I was 36 years old due to lousy doctors that would not listen to me until the situation got dire. In some poeple Lupus will develop very slowly and that was the case with me. I hope that you do not have to wait for years like I did. If I were you I would keep going to the Rheumatologist until they give me an answer one way or the other. Good Luck.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.