Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing well!
I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. I had all the tests done. The ANA, Anti DNS ds were positive. My first skin biopsy was also positive. It said that the histological findings were compatible for lupus. And the differential diagnoses was Dermatomyositis! So they started me on plaquinil first. I took it about a year with no such luck. Then the Dr I was seeing left the clinic I was going to. So I went in for an appointment and had to see a new dr. This dr was rude, ugly, and just simply in a dang hurry. I filed a complaint with the hospital on him. After all that they brought in another dr. Now mind you all these doctors im seeing at LSU are like interns, they are learning doctors that don't have any experience! Anyway a few weeks ago this new dr wanted to retest everything, start all over again. Imagine my happiness about that ): She tested for just about everything and also another skin biopsy. She did a bigger punch this time though. And she said she wanted to check and see if they could send it somewhere that did another type of testing on it. One that is more trustworthy I guess. Late Thursday evening I received a phone call from this doctors nurse telling me the dr wants me back in there this week for more blood tests! I asked her why and of course she didn't know! I went Friday morning and gave more blood. While I was there I went to records and picked up copies of the other blood work and biopsy. Im gonna list off some of them to see what yall think, cause im kinda lost! There is 15 pages of results here so don't think I will be able to list them all, lol!
RESULTS FROM SKIN BIOPSY:
GROSS & MICROSCOPIC:
SKIN, LRFT UPPER EXTREMITY, EXCISIONAL BIOPSY:
-Skin with papillary epithelial hyperplasia and dermal fibrosis.
That was it. There was no differential diagnosis listed like on the first biopsy. It didn't say anything about maybe getting further testing like the first one either. The readings are different than the other one as well.
So next im gonna list a few of the flagged results from the blood work.
C-Reactive Protein - 5.72 reference range <0.90
ESR - 41 reference range 0-20
CK - 416 reference range <190
BUN - >5 reference range 7-25
GLOBULIN - 3.7 reference range 2.3-3.5
RBC COUNT -3.93 reference range 4.00-5.20
HEMAGLOBIN -10.3 reference range 12.0-16.0
HEMATOCRIT - 30.6 reference range 35.0-46.0
MCV - 78.0 reference range 80.0-100.0
RDW -17.8 reference range 11.5-14.5
ANTI DNA DS 5 reference range Negative <5
My ANA come back negative this time
And to my surprise my thyroid readings are finally normal-YAY!
I hope somebody can look thru this and give me some sort of insight! Thanks in advance for ur help(: