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Monday, December 9, 2013
Could this be lupus?
I have been having joint pains and rashes. An ANA test was done which was 1:10240. My family doctor said this was very high and I needed to see a rheumatologist. I am unable to get an appointment until Aug 27. Is this likely to be lupus? Is Aug 27 too long to wait for an appointment?
Lupus could cause this although there other medical disorders that can be associated with a positive ANA. If all you have is a rash and joint pains you may be able to wait until Aug 27th. Possibly your doctor could get some preliminary tests such as a CBC, urinalysis, and creatinine. Furthermore, if your doctor works with a rheumatologist she/he may be able to get you an earlier appointment
Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati