Hello everybody - it has been a long time since I have found myself on these pages. Through the help of my Endocronologist's encouragement to have me repeat my ANA blood test and a good RA doctor, I have recently been given a diagnosis of Lupus.
I have suffered with upper back and neck pain for 3 years - have a herniation at c56 with bone spurs, but was never considered a surgical candidate. Two surgical doctors stated that the herniation is not hitting the out going nerves. It is pressing into my spinal canal - but not hitting the cord itself.
The blood work a very high ANA test 2 times, and physical exam points to Lupus. Now I have no idea what to expect - except what the doctor has said and internet info. I have been taking the first type of meds used to deal with Lupus, an anti malaria....it has only been 2 weeks. The doctor said that the pain from the inflamation could take @ 4-6 wks to lessen.
Just wondering if anyone else out there has a diagnosis of Lupus - and can give me real life experience with it.