Got diagnosed so fast...
I suddenly became very sick during March '06 (had frequent high fevers, swollen/painful lymph nodes, loss of appetite, weight loss, bodyaches, fatigue, headaches, weakness, swelling in my fingers, and some hairloss). I visited my family doctor twice during this time, and she prescribed me 2 different antiobiotics which didnt help me at all. She thought I had a bad case of the flu. I had bloodtests done, but nothing was found. Then I developed a red rash across my face and behind both my ears. I immediately went to a dermatologist, and she quickly suggested that I may have lupus. She gave me some cream to put on the rashes. She also took a skin biopsy of the rash behind my ear to see if it was lupus. I also had bloodtests done. All the tests came back positive for SLE. She suggested I see a rheumie, so I did. After more tests (blood and urine) it also came back positive for SLE. Protein was found in my urine, so my rheumie suggested I see a nephrologist. After more tests, he wanted me to have a kidney biopsy to see how bad the lupus affected my kidneys. My nephrologist said it was detected right away, Stage 1 nephritis, and I started on CellCept right away.
:? All of this happened in a month... Did anyone else get diagnosed right away with SLE? I know there are others who haven't been diagnosed yet or took months or even years to be correctly diagnosed. Does that mean I had SLE already, but the symptoms hadn't flared up yet until now?
"I've learned that when bad times come, you can let them make you bitter or use them to make you better."