1st Rheumy Appointment Advice Please...
A few of you may know I've been 'kind of diagnosed' by a GP after seeing several doctors, having bloodwork done as often as I nip to the supermarket and struggling with the general on-again off-again nature that this illness is playing around with.
But I have my first official Rheumy appointment next Wednesday because I've stopped travelling and parked my arse in one place for more than a week or so, determined to get sorted. I'm seeing Dr William Hill in Adelaide.
SO what do I do? I've thought of taking a list of symptoms but I (like most Lupies) could write a dictionary. Should I categorise them? Skin, Skeleto-muscular, digestive, neurological etc. Or will I just come across like a moaning miserable idiot? I can walk, I can talk, feed myself, socialise, I look and appear like anyone else, I smile most days, I don't feel like I'm dying...is it still ok to make an epic list of varied but disruptive symptoms even though they don't always take over my life? The joint pain: yes, because it screws me over. The palpitations and sore lungs: yes because they worry me. But scalp rashes and blotchy hands...are they worth mentioning?
Any advice about this and anything else I can do in prep for my first appointment is very very very much appreciated as always. Hope everyone is coping ok today xx
I would write EVERYTHING down and take it with you. Even after doing that, I was surprised by a few of the questions that he asked me -- I thought I had covered it all! I hope the appt goes well, and you feel like he/she LISTENS to you! Good luck!
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you need to give the doctor a complete picture of helen.
not just an abridged version.
it is only by knowing the full story, can he make an informed diagnosis.
comment that ##### is not dabilitating, but still mention it.
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Given the fact that rashes and other dermatological conditions can be part of the diagnostic criteria for various autoimmune conditions, most definitely!
Originally Posted by Shine