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What's causing positive ANA 1:160 Speckled + many odd symptoms? Help-thank you!!

Posted by @moriahc321 in Autoimmune Diseases, Apr 2, 2013

I have had a lot of bothersome symptoms in the past year and a half that began with getting very out of breath from just walking slowly. Felt extremely weak to where I couldn't stand up for more than a couple minutes at a time. I also experience shortness of breath at time while doing nothing. The next symptoms that started was raynauds causes my hands and feet turn completely purple and numb. I also have both hand swelling and my hands turn bright red, veins bulge, and pulse. They are also extremely hot to touch and feel like burning. There are other times where just my finger joints are red and have hand swelling. I have been getting rashes on my hands as well that itch veryyy much. I have been getting rashes across my arms, chest, and face in addition to my hands. My face gets extremely red across my nose and cheeks and feels tight and warm. I have two circular red patches on the side-back of my scalp under my hair that are dry, but don't itch. Have chronic back and neck pain, and there are times where my knees hurt so badly, and nothing takes it away. I also lost 18 pounds in about 4-5 months. I also experiences diarreah and horrible cramping numerous times a time, along with bloating, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. I started a gluten free diet which relieved these symptoms a lot, but I still experience episodes of nausea. Headaches all the time. I also have fatigue so badly that I cannot function and usually ahve to just sleep, and the most frustrating symptom is the disconnected feeling or "brain fog". There are sometimes where I sit in front of something for minutes at a time just trying to piece together enough thoughts figure out what I was trying to do in the first place. Horrible memory. I will say things twice in a row because I think I just thought it and was getting ready to say it. I tend to forget what I'm saying in the middle of a sentence on a frequent basis. I had a ANA test in Dec. 2012 that was positive at 1:160 and speckled pattern. I also had a Negative RF test. My family doctor thinks something along the lines of Rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. She referred me to a Rheumatologist, and I waiting to get right now, but feeling this way with and waiting is very hard! I was almost relieved that the test was positive, because I thought I was just going crazy. I tried to act normal and didn't talk to anyone about my symptoms before my dr. but my family and friends could tell something wasn't right. The "brain fog" and seeming out-of-it was the biggest give-away. I"d really appreciate any insight on what these symptoms are common to. Thank you!

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