Two years ago I was diagnosed with
discoid lupus. I saw an internal
medicine specialist rather than a
rheumatologist. When I questioned him about how he knew I only had discoid
and not SLE, he said it shows it in the tests. My symptoms include:
Aching muscles, aching joints, chronic fatigue, Raynauds, positive skin biopsy
for discoid, butterfly rash, rash on my feet (disc-like), reaction to the sun,
anemia, positive ANA test, occasional hair loss (significant), heart
palpitations, night sweats, memory problems,
depression, confusion at times of stress. I do have a slightly enlarged spleen.
If you are unclear about or not confident about your diagnosis, you should discuss this with your doctor. Alternatively, the opinion of a rheumatologist can clarify the diagnosis of discoid and/or systemic lupus.
Thank you for your question.
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