Terry..in short, yes to your question can you have lupus and not show up in your blood tests.
Many of your symptoms are what I have or had...I am diagnosed with Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Fibro and some other miscellaneous cronies that tote along.
Note lab work is only part of the puzzle for a Lupus diagnose the other part is family history and accumulative symptoms.
Laboratory tests alone cannot give a definite "yes" or "no" answer.
- No single laboratory test can determine whether a person has lupus.
- Test results that suggest lupus can be due to other illnesses, or can even be seen in healthy people.
- A test result may be positive one time and negative another time.
- Different laboratories may produce different test result.
I would suggest, though it takes awhile to see specialist in Canada I would make an appointment for a second opinion. Just to get another doctors perspective on in. You don't need a hard diagnose to receive treatment..but maybe they provide different information and perhaps a better pill regimen to control your symptoms better. Maybe it just needs a tweaking with the doses...maybe less prednisone since starting Plaquenil.
Keep looking for your wellness...hugs.
I have Lupus. So *^#@! what.