NOT that I want you to have LUPUS or any related disease,but to go from REAL symptoms to say it's all in your head is well.....BS.
For you to have dealt with all you have there is NO WAY that it is NOTHING.
It may not be LUPUS but it may be a form of LUPUS, or another
It took a GOOD 6 months of doing alot of the SAME TESTS until I was finally diagnosed with SLE and DISCOID LUPUS.
THAT is the TOUGHEST part of this disease....attempting to diagnose it is the HARDEST part other than trying to get rid of it.
You'll get 50% of the time FALSE POSOTIVES AND FALSE NEGATIVES all depending on how your system is doing that day.
If your tired you may come back with a DIAGNOSIS OF POSOTIVE because certain enzyme levels are LOW, but if your well rested and feeling GOOD it may come back NEGAITVE.
DO NOT LET ONE DOCTOR make you think that your NUTZZZZZ :shock:
ONE DOCTORS DIAGNOSIS DOES NOT MAKE A FULLY EDUCATED DECESION.....
If he's so sure that you do not have LUPUS and HE"S POSOTIVE YOU NEED A PSYCHIATRIST.....maybe it is he/she who need BETTER BEDSIDE MANNERS !!!!!!!
I HATE these DOCTORS who think because they wear the WHITE COAT they THINK they know it all.
With all the problems I have auto-immune and physical I have done more research and found out more treatments and possibilities than my doc has.
Alot of these DOCS also look at your insurance and see how much they'll cover and run the bill to that point and then make an UN-EDUCATED DECESION !!!!!
If you are going to a man then go see a woman.....or visa -versa.
WOMAN DOCTORS tend to know more about LUPUS mainly because only 1 out of 1,000 who have it are MEN !!!!
Plus what KIND OF RHEUMOTOLIGIST has the training to say YOU NEED A PSYCHIATRIST????...
Personally I would have taken that remark as an INSULT asked for copies of all my records and LEFT ABRUPTLY !!!!
Where you will find some of the best yet the youngest DOCTORS who will do everything in there power to get the right DIAGNOSIS with no QUESTION is by going to a teaching HOSPITAL.
IE; ROBERT WOODS HOSPITAL, UNIV OF PA , any UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.
This way you have one main doctor but you have a DOZEN very intelligant, and very curious yound interns out there that will do a test that the KNOW IT ALL may not...which 9 out of 10 times leads to something else which puts them on course to get the right answers.
MY LUPUS was DIAGNOSED when I was in for my THYROID problems and had numerous DOCTORS tell me I was negative for LUPUS until I went to ROBERT WOODS FOUNDATION in NEW JERSEY.
There they went through my LIFE history, they did genetic tests, they did every possible test that may cause even ONE symptom that LUPUS PRODUCES.
I would be the FIRST one to CONGRATULATE you on the GOOD NEWS but that part about it being in your head well NOT ONLY was it out of line and RUDE...it is not in his/her rhelm of knowledge....and quite frankly way out of LINE :shock:
Ask yourself do I have these symptoms???......
If you have more than 50% of the NORMAL symptoms then may I suggest you go to another RHEUMOTOLIGIST and POSSIBLY see a HEPATOLOGIST....a doctor who is into BLOOD....
You would be surprised the difference in what test that one will do that the other won't.
DO NOT allow them to make you feel even worse and waste VALUABLE time going to a psychiatrist.....
Let me tell you this..... ALL and I mean ALL psychitrist's are trained to diagnose SOMETHING within 15 minutes of talking to you....
I found this out through a family member who is one !!!
EVERYONE has some kind of mental traits( sp?) that can be classified as something....I GUARANTEE they will go from DEPRESSION to possible
BI-POLAR...to - a SOCIAL PROBLEM making you feel like your nuts and MUST HAVE ATTENTION !!!!
TRUST ME IF you go that way I can GUARANTEE you that they will put a LABEL on you and one you do not need nor want nor deserve.
Just get your records and go to a HEPA/ OR HEMA tologist and let them do there thing.
DO NOT IMPLY that YOU THINK it is LUPUS...just give em all your symptoms ( and may i suggest a WOMAN) and let them do the diagnosing....then as they are coming close to some kind of DIAGNOSIS then you pull out all your past test and compare what they did vs. what the OTHER JERK with the BAD BEDSIDE MANNERS did and said and I'll bet you get different answers.
If you have as many symptoms as you do that the first Doc at least THOUGHT it was LUPUS then there must be a reason why he/she went in that direction.
You may have a THYROID problem, or chronic fatigue, or Hormonal problems....but you certainly DO NOT need a psychiatrist.
PLEASE DO NOT GO TO ONE AND LET HEM START MESSING WITH YOU !!!
YOU WILL END up in a mental facility while they fool around and decide if your stable....well if you were not stable then you would have never been able to put all this together.
YOU OWE it to YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY to GET THE RIGHT ANSWER not ONE DOCTORS FINAL DECESION and RUDE RECCOMENDATIONS !!!!
Think about all I said and make your decesion, but I sincerly DOUBT that a psychiatrist is gona be of ANY help..
If anything they'll make make the situation worse as I said they MUST DIAGNOSE you within 15 minutes with something....and they will and that is all PRECIOUS TIME YOU NEED TO BE SPENDING ON GETTING THIS ONE THING SATISFIED IN YOUR MIND !!!
I hope you do the RIGHT thing and PLEASE take another chance but this time try a TEACHING hospital and a WOMAN DOCTOR.
Let me know how you do.....
MY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO BE AS GOOD A PERSON AS MY DOG ALREADY THINKS I AM.....