Need a second opinion
Ok this is the deal for the last year I have had an issue with a knuckle on my right hand making intolerable to use. I have seen two specialists before I came to this rheumatologist who is supposed to pretty good. He took a lot of blood and set me up to come back three weeks later. Well the next week I get a call from his nurse saying he wanted to see me a week early. Well that just about freaked me out but not as much as when I asked for my results she told me she couldn't tell me but she could fax the results to me which was good but also bad. I got the results 5 days before I saw him and had time to dwell on things. According the results and what he circled it says I am positive for Lupus. According these tests a positive reading is one between 61-200 IU/mL. Mine was 123. I do not see anywhere in these tests that have any numbers like you all show (1:???). When I did see him he did tell me that I did show positive for Lupus and he put me on Prednisone and wants me to come back in three weeks and he is going to put me on Plaquenil. Then he is going to monitor me every three months. He also said that I had a "touch of lupus" what is that? That is like saying I have a touch of a broken bone. My symptoms are achy joints and muscles, swelling and inflammation but only that one knuckle, hair loss, and low grade fevers. I have no rash or anything of that sort. He did say my thyroid was ok but he sees a problem with it down the line and I have since found out that my grandmother, mother and uncle all have thyroid issues. I called my regular doctor today and asked for a referral for a second opinion. So I am just asking any of you what you think because I don't know if I am just in denial or what but I would appreciate anything anyone can tell me. Thank you :?