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  1. Mari, Thank you once again for coming to my...

    Mari,

    Thank you once again for coming to my rescue. I am very appreciative!

    Now I have a better understanding of what might be going on with my body. If only I can get the rheumy to help me....
  2. Positive ANA and Positive Anti-Centromere B Antibodies

    I went to my first rheumy appointment last week and he didn't think I had Lupus, but did order new blood tests.

    My ANA is still positive - the result was Homogenous Smooth. It was flagged...
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    GoodDog, Thanks for commiserating with me. I...

    GoodDog,

    Thanks for commiserating with me. I so totally understand where you are coming from -- it is the dismissive attitude of most doctors I have encountered that makes me hate going to them. ...
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    Hi GoodDog, Well, I went to my first rheumy...

    Hi GoodDog,

    Well, I went to my first rheumy appt today, but didn't find out anything of note about the red dots on my arms, chest, back, etc. He said he didn't know what they were, but they were...
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    Gosh, I don't know if they are from Lupus or not...

    Gosh, I don't know if they are from Lupus or not as my first Rheuy appt. isn't until tomorrow. I have the exact same thing as you -- red dots everywhere. I have had them off and on (mostly on,...
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    Wow! Over a 90% chance of being Lupus! It would...

    Wow! Over a 90% chance of being Lupus! It would be such a relief to have this diagnosis. Not that I want to have SLE, but on the other hand I do want to have it so my life will make some sense. ...
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    It is all so complicated but this forum has given...

    It is all so complicated but this forum has given me a wealth of information. I had no idea what Lupus was until a couple of weeks ago. No doctor had ever tested my ANA and I had never considered...
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    Oh Sandy, I am so sorry you have struggled so...

    Oh Sandy, I am so sorry you have struggled so long. I appreciate your candor. Looks like I have a long road ahead of me (still).
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    Thank you tgal. I was afraid this was going to...

    Thank you tgal. I was afraid this was going to be a long process.

    If after you first see a rheumy and no diagnosis is immediately forthcoming, does the doctor usually indicate one should follow...
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    Smith Antibodies

    This is my first post and I am so glad to have found this forum!

    My first Rheumy appt is on Monday, but before then I have a couple of questions I need help with.

    My ANA is positive and my...
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