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Hi Matt and welcome to the boards.

Your story of pain that comes and goes, things get better, then worse and back to good again and through all of this normal blood work........this is a very common story amongst a lot of us.

I was first diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome, then Fibromyalgia, then onto a stroke but that was short lived as we moved onto Multiple Sclerosis and that diagnosis stayed for 3+ years and then FINALLY MY BLOOD WORK STARTED TO SHOW ABNORMAL ANTIBODIES!!!

I did not feel well for years and yet my blood work was normal, always normal. You know your body best and if your not feeling well then keep pressing forward until you get some answers. Is your doctor willing to treat you based on symptoms alone since your blood work is ok? If not I would suggest looking around to find a Lupus specialist, probably a Rheumatologist that is willing to look at the entire picture and not just blood work.

I wish you well and keep a daily journel of symptoms along with taking pictures of any swelling or rashes that may crop up. This is good to have moving forward. Let us know how you get along. By the way when I first joined this board I am pretty sure I did not yet have the diagnosis of Lupus and yet the more I read the more convinced I was that in fact this is what I was dealing with. Follow your gut instinct!!!:wink2::wink2::wink2:
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