Because many Lupus symptoms mimic other illnesses, and because symptoms come and go, Lupus can be difficult to diagnose. Currently, there is no single laboratory test that can determine whether a person has Lupus or not. A blood test called an ANA is the best diagnostic test for SLE. Therefore, a physician must evaluate each person to determine whether the presenting symptoms, lab test results and physical findings add up to a positive diagnosis.
Test Yourself for Lupus
- Have you ever had achy, painful and/or swollen joints for more than three months?
- Do your fingers and/or toes become pale, blue or purple, and numb or uncomfortable in the cold?
- Have you had any sores in your mouth for more than two weeks?
- Have you ever been told that you have a low blood count – anemia, low white cell count or a low platelet count?
- Have you ever had a prominent redness or color change in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of your nose and cheeks?
- Have you ever had an unexplained fever over 100 degrees for more than a few days?
- Have you ever had a sensitivity to the sun where your skin “breaks out” after being in the sun (not a sunburn)?
- Have you ever had chest pain with breathing for more than a few days (pleurisy)?
- Have you ever been told you have protein in your urine?
- Have you ever experienced persistent, extreme fatigue and weakness for days or even weeks at a time, even after 6-8 hours of restful night-time sleep?
If you answered “yes” to at least three of these questions, there is a possibility you may have Lupus. We suggest you call your doctor or Lupus Colorado to discuss any questions you may have about Lupus.