Where’s the best place to or how to be diagnosed? I have severe symptoms of lupus.

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I recommend you to go John Hopkins Hospital or Cleverland Clinic. These two are the best reputed for treating lupus. Still, when you are in the hospital, the doctor may perform the following tests to have a body check on you: 

  • Complete blood count. This test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets as well as the amount of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells.
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
  • Kidney and liver assessment.
  • Urinalysis. This is to show whether there is an increased protein level or red blood cells in the urine.
  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test.

Besides, the doctor will ask something about your symptoms and signs of the lupus.

Anyway, good luck!

Lab tests can help in the diagnosis of lupus, they'll be able to find antibodies that prove you have lupus or not.

As for treatment, of course you'd better have a good doctor. Where do you live?
I live in San Antonio Texas is there a good clinic for treatment of lupus in this state
I recommend UT Health San Antonio's Lupus Clinic.
I think the Mayo clinic is a good place to go.

Generally, at least four of the eleven criteria of lupus from the American College of Rheumatology are usually present for lupus to be diagnosed.
1. Malar rash – a butterfly shaped rash across cheeks and nose
2. Skin rash – raised red patches
3. Photosensitivity – unusually strong reaction to sun light, causing a rash or flare
4. Mouth or nose ulcers – usually painless
5. Nonerosive arthritis – inflammation in two or more joints.
6. Cardio-pulmonary involvement – inflammation of the heart lining and/or lungs
7. Neurologic disorder – seizures and/or psychosis
8. Kidney disorder – increased protein or clumps of red cells in urine
9. Blood disorder – anemia caused by damaged red cells, low white cells or low platelet count
10. Immunological disorder – when your immune system attacks healthy cells
11. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) – positive blood test not induced by drugs
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