Is this Lupus?

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   Posted 4/26/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi (=
I am a 28 yr old Female and it seems really hard to deal with the daily pain and my dr. doesnt seem to know what is wrong!

These are my symptoms:
1)chronic dry, irritated eyes
2)Pain in the tiny bones in my hands.pain in my knee.(they come and go)
3)extreme fatigue that comes and goes
4)dizzy and actually passed out for the first time in my life a week ago
5)Migrain-like headaches every night and i also wake up with them (dr. says tension headaches)
6)major forgetfulness
7)enlarged thyroid gland
8)polyps in my nose (dr. said it is from
9)Irregular heartbeat (had ultrasound, dr. says all is well there)
10)Toes go numb at least once a day
11)an occasional scaley circle (size of a nickle) on my shoulder or leg.

All these symptoms come and go..some days worse then others

about 2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroiditis and taking levothyroxine 75mcg, I just feel like there is more to it! went to my dr. yesterday and he is testing me for Rheumatiod
Arthritis..I just want to know what is going on with me!!!!

I would appreciate it if any one could help me!!!

thank you

familygirl04 (=

Post Edited (familygirl04) : 4/26/2009 12:58:14 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/26/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi familygirl,

I would ask to be seen by a rheumatologist. Lupus and other autoimmune diseases are difficult even for a rheumatologist to diagnose and family doctors and internal medicine doctors are not trained to diagnose them.

You've obviously done a lot of homework, which is the first step in this journey. Please join us here for support and information. I'm sorry you're having to go through this at your age. Do you have a support system at home? Let us know more about you.

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   Posted 4/26/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the info (=

do you have to be reffered to a rheumatologist if you have ppo ins.?
I had a blood test done on friday for RA and an ANA you know how long it takes to get these results?


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   Posted 4/26/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, there aren't really firm answers --

- some PPOs require referrals to rheumies, , some do not
- labs tests take different amounts of time, and your doctor probably specified that you don't get results until s/he can review them with you. The actual lab processing is usually 3-5 days - then it's up to dr's staff & schedule.

I hope you get some answers soon - I'm sure the passing out is scary, but it's not really a symptom of lupus or RA. With the mix of symptoms you have, I definitely agree with the suggestion to see a rheumy. Primary care doctors do their best, but these autoimmune diseases are tricky and need an expert (rheumy) to look at them and see the big picture. ANA & RA tests do not tell the whole story; they are not definitive.

Hope you get some results soon and they help you find some symptom relief.

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