I did ask my rheumatologist about the petechaie on my body. He didn't believe me at first, and then challenged me to show him one. So I did. And he said, "that's not one, oh, wait a minute, it is one." You must have injured yourself there." It was on the side of my torso--how on earth do you inadvertently injure yourself there, and then injure yourself on your back and on your other side? I didn't share the other ones with him because he made me feel pretty stupid. I figure I'll just take notes and if I get more I'll bring it up again.
Hi Kris, I know you're right about it being the patient's responsibility to tell the doctor everything. My husband tells me this routinely, which is why I even agreed to tell him about the petechaie. My biggest fear, though, is that a doctor will not take me seriously, so I'm hesitant to share symptoms unless they are so obnoxiously in my face that I can't ignore them anymore.
I do have a copy of the lab report documenting the low platelets. I showed it to my rheumatologist shortly after I received a copy, but I don't think he really processed anything on it before handing it back to me. The same lab report also reported a positive mono test, and perhaps he was focusing more on that. In any case, if I get more petechaie I will tell him; I don't have that many now, less than 20 on my entire body.
Thanks for the encouragement.