Tuesday, January 3, 2012
What do my blood tests mean?
This is a question almost everyone with lupus will ask especially at the beginning of their journey to better health. Unless you are in the medical field and studied rheumatic diseases, you probably have never heard of some of the blood tests associated with diagnosing, and managing lupus. Due to the complexities of SLE, there are many blood tests that need to be regularly run just to keep track of where, how, and how badly the disease is affecting your body. Lupus can go into any part or organ of the human body, making it impossible to predict, but with the use of proper and continual testing, our specialists can keep track of lupus and manage it properly.
Lupus is difficult to diagnose because of the vagueness of the symptoms each person might have. There is no single test that can diagnose lupus. A diagnosis is usually confirmed based on a complete medical history, reported symptoms, and a physical examination that may include the following:
- Blood test (to detect for certain antibodies that are present in most people with lupus)
complement, a group of proteins in the blood that help destroy foreign substances; low levels of complement in the blood are often associated with lupus)
This information is from a wonderful lupus group I joined years ago, it gives some of the best and most in depth info on lupus. I have not been able to find any other blog or site with better or more SLE facts and details.