Did anyone get an echocardiogram?
Hi everyone. I went to a new rheumatologist today. Not sure if I liked her or not but it was only my first visit. :? She was surprised how good (healthy) I looked. She was amazed that I was only taking 1 medicine-plaquenil. I weaned down with all my other meds. I used to take prednisone, lisinopril, and Cellcept (weaned off it a month ago).
I told her all the symptoms I'm feeling: cold fingers and feet, fatigue (feeling tired on certain days, not everyday) heachaches, neck/back aches (not everyday)... She focused on my fatigue, and asked if I was anemic, have shortness of breath, have thyroid problems or heart problems. I answered "no" to all those questions. She examined me and found nothing wrong, heart sounds ok, thyroid ok. Then she wanted me to get a echocardiogram to rule out pulmonary hypertension. I never had problems with my heart before. I thought fatigue was a usual symptom of lupus and that there's no clear reason why we have it... :?
Has anyone else get tested for pulmonary hypertension with a echocardiogram? :?:
Is a rheumatologist the best doctor to go to for Lupus? I've been going to a nephrologist more often (every 2-3 mos) than a rheumie. He's been keeping close tabs on me since my diagnosis in 2006.
"I've learned that when bad times come, you can let them make you bitter or use them to make you better."