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Muscle pain, high ANA, feet tingling, uncontrollable muscle pain, headaches, fuzziness

I have a history muscle/skeletal pain, high ANA, tingling especially in the feet, some uncontrollable muscle movement, headaches and cognitive fuzziness. I have had long term pain and morning groggyness/pain and difficulty in moving. I have now developed a blotchy red rash on my deck which gotten progressively worse over the last couple of months. It doesn t hurt or itch but it s starting to look almost like a birthmark . It sometimes seems like I have a pale butterfly rash which is associated with lupus but it only appears if I get some sun exposure. i have exposure to ticks marginally within the Lyme affected area at the time of exposure, was exposed to an experimental bubonic plague vaccine before the first gulf war and was a nuclear power operator on a submarine and exposed to various chemicals there as well, and possibly some heavy metal and nuclear. I am of mixed racial background including Choctaw, English, Irish, Scott, Dutch, and Viking( my family has the disease where tendons shorten causing fingers and toes to curl up, and I ve just started getting it in one foot, two of my brothers have it as well) I currently (before the rash) have the standard fibromyalgia diagnosis where it seems anyone who doesn t fall into a clear diagnosis goes. With the new symptom is it possible or more likely than before that I have SLE or Lyme? Or is there any other possibility I should have.looked at? Any test I might want to have preformed or any family history questions I need to ask my relatives.
Asked On : Sat, 28 Apr 2012
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since you have many diseases and significant family history for herditory conditions, it is difficult to throw a conclusion.
Lymes disease is treatable and must have been cleared by now if you have taken treatment.
Flip side, Lupus fits your symptoms, whether SLE or Drug induced lupus (certain chemical and drugs are known to induce lupus like syndrome) needs further testing..
with so many deviations from normality, i wouldn't rush to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
In my opinion, you need to undergo total ANA profile (Immunofluorescence) which will hopefully confirm or confute the diagnosis of SLE. The management can thereby be directed accordingly.
all the best.
Answered: Fri, 28 Mar 2014
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