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    Thanks! I really do feel like he is going to be...

    Thanks! I really do feel like he is going to be helpful. I told him about my joint pain, fatigue, everything. I'm hoping the extra information will turn me from a mystery case into a diagnosed...
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    Well, I'm having MORE tests run. This time it's...

    Well, I'm having MORE tests run. This time it's a lupus panel, along with several other things. He spent 2 hours with me, talking about my symptoms. I went over each and every one with him. In...
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    Printing the list. Thanks!

    Printing the list. Thanks!
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    Third Opinion tomorrow

    So I have my third opinion appt tomorrow. If you're keeping count, the first rheumy said I did have Lupus (mainly based on positive dsDNA), second one said maybe, but I was mainly "preoccupied with...
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    I hate the meds, too, but honestly, I'd rather...

    I hate the meds, too, but honestly, I'd rather take it than deal with the pain. Thankfully, my swelling/pain went away in just one day. Within 2 days, it was completely normal. I'm not sure I'd be...
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    Thanks guys! I'm really hoping this dr. that I'm...

    Thanks guys! I'm really hoping this dr. that I'm seeing Wednesday can help me out. He's supposed to be a specialist in Lupus. UT physicians are some of the best in the area. I've heard great...
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    Thanks for checking in on me! I actually have...

    Thanks for checking in on me!
    I actually have an appt this Wednesday with a UT Physician. He's supposed to be really good. He requested all progress notes and lab work from all the doctors I've...
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    Eeek! A thumb not working? Not sure I could do...

    Eeek! A thumb not working? Not sure I could do that. My middle finger is absolutely as much as I can take.
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    Yep, got my answer! Steroids are a miracle! The...

    Yep, got my answer! Steroids are a miracle! The swelling is completely gone now with just a fraction of the pain left. My finger is now fully functional. Best part is that all my joints that were...
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    OK, I officially LOVE the prednisone/Indocine...

    OK, I officially LOVE the prednisone/Indocine combination. My finger swelling is down to about half the size it was earlier! I can nearly straighten my finger now!!! I can also move it a bit more...
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    Went to the dr. today b/c my finger just keeps...

    Went to the dr. today b/c my finger just keeps swelling and I can't move it now, plus it hurts really bad. The dr. said that I probably strained it really bad somehow (maybe bowling a week ago?...
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    Thanks for your replies. Things are starting...

    Thanks for your replies.
    Things are starting to add up here. . .
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    finger?

    Is it possible for Lupus to affect one finger? I started getting pain in my middle finger on my right hand on Wednesday. It's now so bad that it hurts to straighten it or bend it all the way. I...
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    Yeah, that dr. totally needs some Zoloft of his...

    Yeah, that dr. totally needs some Zoloft of his own. . .
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    Honestly, I totally feel like a hypochondriac b/c...

    Honestly, I totally feel like a hypochondriac b/c of all the strange things going on with my body. I try telling myself that they are completely normal so that I don't feel "crazy". Balance is one...
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    My grandma has Meniere's. Hmmm. . . Can't wait...

    My grandma has Meniere's. Hmmm. . .
    Can't wait to see the new doctors (endocrinologist and rheumy). I need answers.
    Thanks for the reply!
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    I'm in Houston. I'd LOVE a referral to a great...

    I'm in Houston. I'd LOVE a referral to a great rheum. It's one of those things that I feel like I'm taking shots in the dark right now. I'm looking at this list on my insurance website and have no...
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    I think the rheum. was a quack

    It seems that the rheum. I went to for my 2nd opinion was a quack. I've now talked to 4 people that went to him, all for different things, and they all got the same diagnosis. We are all...
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    Balance problems

    Does anyone experience balance problems due to Lupus? When I feel my worst, I notice that my balance is really bad, I can't even stretch properly without feeling like I'm going to tumble over. ...
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    Thanks for your thoughts. I have thought about...

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    I have thought about the ER, especially when I am at my worst. I'm not real big on using the ER for diagnostics, though. I guess if I can't find a good rheum. then at...
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    Doctor's appt. bust

    I was supposed to go in for a doctor's appt today b/c of the collection of symptoms I'd been having the past two weeks. The new rheum. that I saw last time only accepts cash and checks. I had one...
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    OK, so I'm thinking this may be a flare if I do...

    OK, so I'm thinking this may be a flare if I do indeed have Lupus.
    I now have two sores in my mouth. One is on the roof of my mouth, the other on my right cheek. I'm not sure what type of sores...
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    Thanks for replying. One new thing happened...

    Thanks for replying. One new thing happened tonight, I got a fever. It started at 100F 4 hours ago, now it's at 100.9F. I'm not sure why I have a fever, I just decided to check since I was feeling...
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    Pain and bumps

    As I wonder whether I have Lupus or not, I still continue to have strange symptoms. It worries me and is also discouraging because I don't know what to do. I'm curious if the stuff I have going on...
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    The pcp didn't have any answers for my headache. ...

    The pcp didn't have any answers for my headache. She said that I may just have to wait it out. That's after we had a pretty intense conversation about rheumatologists, though.
    I found out more...
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