My name is Kathy. I have SLE Lupus and Sjogrens and several other Auto-immune problems. Yes it is possible to have Lupus and not have a positive ANA for it. It is called Sero-negative Lupus. It is quite rare, but it is possible. There are some folks that come in here that are Sero-negative. They do not only diagnose Lupus just by the ANA. You have to meet at least four of the criteria that is listed by the Lupus Foundation and it looks as though you do meet the criteria for it. I think you need to find a good Rheumatologist that will listen to you. I would hate to think that they would treat you differently due to the tattoos as tattoos do not make up who the person is. I know what it feels like to have the doctors treat you like there is nothing wrong with you when you know that there is something wrong big time. I went for years before I finally got a doctor to listen to me and hear me and thoroughly test me for Lupus. I am not Sero-negative. It did show up in my blood by the pos ANA and various other tests. Have they done a Sed Rate on you and if so, was the Sed Rate elevated, because that would be an indication of inflamation going on in your body. You need to write all of your symptoms and family history down and see your family doctor and get a referral to a good Rheumatologist. You have the right to be seen and have them fully investigate what is going on. I am also wondering if you have been tested for Ankylosing Spongilitis due the degenerative disc disease. Please do get in to see another Rheumatologist and tell them that you need answers as to what is going on with you. I hope that you get some answers and soon.
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.