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I have all the symptoms of Lupus, but my blood test came back negative. How likely is it that I actually have Lupus but it's not showing up on the blood test(the dr said it was possible)? Are there other ways to diagnose Lupus?

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Hi, I'm so sorry to hear about your symptoms. Did you get an ANA blood test done?  8 years ago I had severe joint pain and fatigue which followed some serious stress in my life, so my ANA was checked and came back positive and the doctor said that I had Lupus. He said that some people have a positive ANA and DO NOT have Lupus but if you HAVE symptoms AND a positive ANA means you do have Lupus.  I didn't believe him, trusted my insticts and never stopped looking for another answer.  Even though I had ALL the symptoms and several doctors telling me I was in denial I NEVER believed I had the disease. I even had stage 3 kidney disease at one point.  I was told that there's a disease that mimicks Lupus symptoms to the tee called CELIAC DISEASE which is an allergy to Gluten (Google it).  I quit all Gluten and now my kidneys are normal and my doctor FINALLY agreed that maybe I don't have Lupus. I am due to repeat the ANA test soon. You should also have your Rhematoid Factor checked (RA). Best of luck to you, I hope you don't have Lupus but always search for answers and trust your instincts. Think positive and try to rid your life of stress. Keep us posted hunny.

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HELLO, I HAVE HAD SEVERE SWELLING IN KNEE AND ANKLE, WRIST AND PAINFUL URINATION. THEY COME AND GO. AT THIS TIME I CAN'T WALK WHICH BROUGHT ME TO THE DOCTORS. I EXPLANIED TO HIM THAT IT FEELS LIKE WATER IS HITTING MY SKIN BUT WHEN I GO TO WIPE IT OFF ITS NOT THERE. HE SAID THAT IT SOUNDED LIKE LUPUS OR RA. I LOOKED AT THE LAB AND I SEEN HE TESTED FOR LYME DISEASE ALSO. EVERYTHING CAME UP NEGATIVE. I READ ALL THE SYMTOMS OF EACH TEST AND I MATCH UP TO LUPUS. I PRETTY MUCH FEEL POSITIVE I HAVE IT AND A SEVERE CASE. SINCE THE TEST CAME UP NEGATIVE, HE IS NOW REFERRING ME TO THE RHEUMATOLOGIST. I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL, IS IT COMMON FOR THE LAB TO BE NEGATIVE? IM NOT SURE IF HE TESTED FOR ANA I JUST KNOW HE TESTED FOR LUPUS.

THANKS
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