The doctor really likes to SEE the problem himself. We suggest (see link in my signature "Lupus Resources" there is a list of helpful hints from members here) that you take pictures of your malar rash, rashes and mouth sores while you have them because invariably they are gone by the time you see th doctor. Your eye doctor can administer a "schirmer's test" by applying a special piece of paper to your eye which will gage the dryness at that moment. The results can be written down for your rheumy. The rheumy can also sometimes see sjogrens in your blood work.
Your first rheumy appointment will likely take an hour or so. He/she will ask you a bazillion questions. But we also suggest making a detailed history and symptom list which should be an easy to read list (not a novel) and should be typewritten. See "Lupus Resources" link in my signature . . . there is a post about
this in that topic.
You won't generally get a dx on your first visit to a rheumy. He has a huge puzzle to put together will need lots of blood work and labs to help him make a decision. Most of us feel that it is more important for him to treat your symptoms than to give you a dx. Sometimes demanding a dx in your file can come back to bite you. It can make medical insurance difficult to obtain in the future. So we don't recommend pushing for a dx if your symptoms are being treated.
I hope this helps.
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