I joined a few weeks ago and have posted some questions before about how hard it is to get a diagnosis / to figure out what's going on etc. first started feeling ill at the beginning of this year, joint and muscle pains, exhaustion, feeling sick, headaches etc. a very good gp thought I should have the ana test, which came back positive. I got referred to rheumatology who said they thought it was probably just post viral syndrome even though I've not had any major viruses, just normal coughs, colds etc. they said they wanted to repeat my ana test in case the first one was wrong!?!?! But the repeat one came back positive at 1:400. So my gp referred me back to rheumatology again and they saw me last week.
I had thought all along that my symptoms seemed to match lupus, including the rash on my face that one doctor spotted. But at my last appointment, the rheumatologist still says he thinks I've had a virus that I'm recovering from!?!? I never knew what my first ana reading was, but he said that the first reading contained 'all sorts of antibodies' and that my current reading (1:400) was now a third of the first one. And Iust admit while I always feel up and down, the past few days I've felt quite healthy even sitting in the sun, which I've had no reaction to.
I was just wondering from others people's experiences, is it possible I DO have lupus? Lupus was the autoimmune disease he said he was just keeping at the back of his mind and he wants to see me again in three months. Why would my ana test reading have reduced so significantly? Can viruses really make people feel as ill as I have done (even without knowing which virus it is?!).
If anyone has any ideas I'd be grateful. I did go to India last November so could I have picked up something there?