Thank you so much for your answer which was immensely helpful. I have just a couple of more questions. If you could be so kind as to answer them I would be so grateful.
#1: What does the EC4D portion of the Avise SLE Test tell? Mine was Positive (14 Units)
#2: I was initially put on Plaquinel & Prednisone which rendered immediate and temporary results but it wasn't long before I had another major flare (2 weeks) so my doctor then added Methotrexate & Folic Acid and ramped down my Prednisone. I continue to have very bad flares about two weeks apart. My doctor has just taken me off of the Methotrexate and started me on Cellcept. I know little about Cellcept. Why is it usually perscribed for Lupus patients?
I have a question for Dr. Venuturupalli. I have been symptomatic since since 2004 but several prior Lupus tests had come back negative. I had a very bad episode this past May and was diagnosed with SLE in June. (I was diagnosed with Seronegative RA just six months prior after testing negative for Lupus). In June my ANA came back positive. My Rheumatologist then did the Avise SLE Panel on me and here are my results:
The rest of the tests...Sm, m, 70, Ro, La, sc, ce, jo, Mrf, Arf, Mcl, Gcl, Mb2, & Gb2 were all negative.
My questions are these...
#1-After so many years of searching for answers, how can I finally be sure that my Lupus diagnosis is correct? I have read many articles that say that positive bloodwork cannot give a definitive answer.
#2-In a nutshell, what is the purpose of the Avise SLE Panel & what, in laymen's terms is the interpretation of these results?
I am a newbie here but very excited to meet others with Lupus and learn about other people's experiences. I have been experiencing symptoms since 2004, tested several times since then and had always tested negative. I had a very bad episode this past May and was diagnosed in June. My labs were: ANA-Positive, Anti-dsDNA-Positive, C4 Compliment-Positive. After years of symptoms and searching for answers it's hard for me to convince myself that I really have Lupus. I tested negative for Lupus just six months prior to the most recent positive test. So I am looking for people with knowledge, similar experiences and compassion. What helps me is knowing that I have a three year old son that needs his mommy and I can't give up. Thanks in advance for every bit of information and time that is contributed to this board! Blessings & Positive Thoughts View Thread