newbie from new mexico
hello. i am shannon i am 43. live in southern new mexico and am a working RN. i was recently diagnosed in the last month. my doctor is not taking my diagnosis and i have had to fight her tooth and nail to get anything done. i lost my vision last week and i went to the appointment and demanded a referral for a rheumatologist. i hurt so bad and the only thing my doctor will give me is motrin 800 mg. she also increased my cymbalta which i was already taking. i am just at a weird standpoint. i dont know where to go from here. i am an RN i am used to helping people not having people help me. i was told i only have a "little" lupus. i dont understand that?? thank you. shannon from new mexico
Welcome to WHL. My advice to you - change doctors!
I had the same thing happen when I was first diagnosed. My first rheumy said that I "only" tested a little bit positive for a few things, most notably Sjogren's, but it wasn't anything that needed any treatment until one of them "emerged". I was lucky and had a PC doc who wasn't satisfied. She got me an appointment with the best rheumy in town. After doing all of the blood tests again, she told me that I tested a little positive for Lupus, Sjogren's. RA and Psoriatic Arthritis. She called it Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, and said that adding all of those "little" positives up obviously meant a lot of pain for me, so she started treatment immediately.
You need to keep looking until you find one like that.
hi shannon and welcome.
if somebody does not understand something.........
they should say so, and pass you on to someone else.
this doctor is not doing this.......
so pass yourself on to a new doctor.