I've just joined this forum and am hoping you may be able to offer me some advice. I have an appointment with a Rheumatologist on the 8th May and I want to make sure I'm prepared. I'll be taking in results from scans and blood tests, but I'm not sure if there's anything else I should be taking as I have not been before.
Here's a little bit of my history:
November last year I started to get really bad lower back pain and shooting pain down my left leg (sciatica). Originally it was thought that one of the discs in my back was pushing on a nerve. I had months of physiotherapy which didn't help and a cat scan that didn't show a whole lot. After seeing no improvement and after copious amounts of pain killers that didn't help, I saw another doctor who recommended several different blood tests (including ANA) and an appointment with a specialist. My ANA came back positive (with a speckled pattern) and further tests showed a positive Sm B and RNP C which could possibly mean SLE or MCTD. I have also had an MRI done on my lumbar spine which has shown that I have disc degeneration. I'm only 28 so I would think I'm a little young for this to be happening.
After the positive blood results I've been referred to a Rheumatologist, but of course have had to wait so long just for an appointment. In the mean time had done a bit of research on Lupus and discovered I have quite a few of the symptoms (and have had throughout my whole life) including:
Rashes (red scaly & on the arms, back & tummy - but not on the face)
Fatigue (can be really really bad)
Unexplained rapid tooth decay & beginnings of gum disease
Seem to get sick all the time
Headaches (lots and can be extreme - have had scans and found nothing)
I'm guessing the Rheumatologist will ask me a bunch of questions as well, but maybe I should write a list of things that I've experienced that are related?
Thank you all for your input, it will be much appreciated