never called a hypochondriac, but...
First let me say thank you for writing about lupus! The more information the better!
I have never been explicitly told that my symptoms are all in my head. But I have had doctors refuse to take my symptoms seriously. I exhibitied the classic- textbook malar rash for 4 years and went to numerous doctors and dermatologists who failed to diagnose me. The last dermatologist was convinced it was sebhorreic dermatitis and, because the rash didnít improve, was also convinced that I wasnít using the topical cream she prescribed. Years later, after my SLE diagnosis, when I showed one rheumatologist the rash (at which point it was bright red, cracked and covered fully half of my face), he turned me away, telling me that people would have to ďget to know my personality insteadĒ!
Iím not sure if this is the information you are asking for, and I didnít mean to turn this into a doctor-rant because Iíve also had some excellent, warm, genius doctors to whom I owe everything. But I think that doctors (and people generally) tend to be under-aware of lupus considering its prevalenceÖmaybe because lupus disproportionately affects women and minorities?
wishing health and strength to all