Post Edited (LadyTsuguri) : 1/21/2009 9:06:25 AM (GMT-7)
Hi ladyT, I know it's frustrating. There is a lot to learn. I did want to tell ya incase no one mentioned it. There are people here who have a negative ANA that have Lupus and people that have a possitive ANA and don't have Lupus. Unfortunately there is no one test to make that determination. (I wish). I don't know how many things I have been diagnoses and undiagnoses with. If you are having a lot of problems that require meds you really need to let him know. Plaquenil takes a long time to start working and is one of the safest drugs that rheumys usually start out with. I think most of us are being treated for symptoms weather we have a diagnosis or not. If you are having problems so badly that it makes you cry than he/she needs to try somthing. You don't have to live in pain. Also you might want to get a second opinion. Drs aren't always right and some are more agreesive at treatment than others. I think I have been through 4 rheumies so far.
Let us know how things come out with the cardiologist.
Post Edited (LadyTsuguri) : 1/22/2009 2:58:24 PM (GMT-7)