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    Default 1st Rheumatologist appointment next week, what should I expect?

    Hey, so I went to the Dr yesterday and had a positive result for my anas, which I know doesn't necessarily mean I have Lupus, but I also have other symptoms. I haven't been officially diagnosed yet, so I will be going to the Rheumatologist either Monday or Tuesday next week. What can I expect? What kind of tests will be done?

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    different rhuemy's request different tests.

    i had most of mine done at once.....
    but i had bad complications at the time.
    they drew 15 vials of blood.

    others only have a few tests done at a time.
    sometimes certain possible deseases are ruled out even before proper testing is done......
    othertimes nothing is ruled out, so lots of tests are needed.

    i know this does not really help......
    but it is impossible to tell you what the docter will test for.

    you can expect to be prodded to check for sore points.
    you can expect to be asked to perform certain body movements.
    you will be asked quite a few questions that seem unimportant.....
    but they all help to eliminate possible causes.

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    There is a "sticky" here that talks about diagnosing Lupus and it discusses many of the lab tests that may be used in the diagnostic process. This might give you some idea of what to expect and why some tests are ordered.
    Also, it is often a good idea to write down any questions that you may have and write down a list of your symptoms so that you can take them with you to your appointment with your rheumatologist.
    Please keep us posted on how your appointment goes and what your doctor thinks. We will also be more than happy to help you and to answer any questions that you might have.

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    I cannot agree enough w/Saysusie about writing down your symptoms - any symptom, even if it was "my left thumb was numb for a day last week". My opinion is it's better to have too much written down, rather than "oh crud, i forgot to tell them about xyz"! Wishing you the best of luck w/your appointment!
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    Thank you Lauren! I'll make sure to do that, I'll probably be too nervous to remember >.< so I'll definitely write them down.

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    Well, it was just moved to March, so now I have a month and a half to worry :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyophelia View Post
    Well, it was just moved to March, so now I have a month and a half to worry :/
    But, that gives you a month and a half to save up and buy a horse whip, and an industrial sized can of pepper spray-two items that can come in handy when a new Rheumatologist refuses to cooperate...

    I understand your frustration. I hope the rheumo is worth the wait.

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    Haha yeah my doctor recommended him but I'm not sure if it's because he is the only one in this small town or if he's the best one in this town. I'll probably go for a second opinion somewhere else though I'm just tempted to get the second one first haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyophelia View Post
    Haha yeah my doctor recommended him but I'm not sure if it's because he is the only one in this small town or if he's the best one in this town. I'll probably go for a second opinion somewhere else though I'm just tempted to get the second one first haha.
    My GP is a great Doctor, and has a really devious sense of humor, which I appreciate. When he first referred me to my Neurologist, I said- "So, he's the best, huh?"

    My Doc looks at me and says- "No, but he's dating my daughter, and we play golf together". He slaps me on the back, and walks away...

    Of course, the neuro is awesome.

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    Haha thats great at least it worked out.

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