Welcome to the site. Saysusie gave you some good advice. My name is Kathy and I have SLE Lupus and Sjogrens and some of the other Auto-immunes. I think that you are worried about being put out of the military if this turns out to be Lupus. I think in your case that they would not do that, but they may keep you from going over seas if you go on medications. I think if you have over 12 years in they do not put you out. I know they did me, because I did not have enough time in and I was in the reserves at the time.
I do not understand why your relative told you to ask to be put on cell cept. I believe they use that drug if the kidneys are involved. Usually they will put you on Plaquenil. Plaquenil is one of the leading drugs in the treatment of Lupus and Sjogrens.
I see where you state that you have a positive ANA and a high SSA antibody. I am wondering if the ANA pattern is speckle patterned. If it is then it could mean that you may have Sjogrens. Do you know what your SSB level is? When you see the Rheumatologist he will sort it all out for you. I am also wondering if you have a problem with dry mouth or dryness in your eyes? This would also be an indicator of Sjogrens Syndrome. I hope that you get some definitive answers from the Rheumatologist.
Rob our moderator here has Lupus and he is wonderful. He has a wealth of information about men having this illness. Please keep us all posted sir.
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.