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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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    My first appointment will be in March, too. My liver specialist referred me I was amazed that I was being referred to an RA. I have a few arithitic symptoms. The things that showed up on my other tests were liver damage. That is what led to the Lupus diagnoses after enough blood tests, an endoscope, a colonscope, a lung xray and enough blood testing to satisfy a starving vampire. I have had the rash flareups and exhaustion for years, but attributed them to aging and allergies. I have been pretty healthy most of my life, but am a diabetic and had Graves diease when I was 38. I am 64 now.

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