I know this could open the flood-gates to comedy answers, but there is a serious request behind this question.
Several years ago her health deteriorated and she had to leave work (ESA and Atos Origin is another painful subject!) as she was in constant pain, motivation and concentration diminishing, insomnia, etc. This obviously was led to depression, weight-gain, more depression and the continuing spiralling effects of that.
Trying to get a proper diagnosis is so difficult, and currently the GP has accepted ME/CFS after a battery of blood and other tests. However, after reading the interesting articles on the site here, my wife was wondering whether or not she is actually suffering from a form of LUPUS.
The internet is awash with sites indicating ME, Fibromyalgia, LUPUS comparisons, but is it really as simple as getting a blood test to check for specific ANA anti-bodies to determine if LUPUS is present or not? If so, we can check with the GP if that was tested.
Your help would be gratefully appreciated, as if my wife can at least determine what is wrong that is a start for treatment, as opposed to the mountainous cocktail of drugs she is currently taking for each of the symptoms and drugs to counter the side-effects of the other drugs.