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Posted By : Lisabeans - 6/28/2017 11:00 AM
Has anyone seen an immunologist? I am considering it but don't want to waste time and money. Please share your experience if you have seen one. Thanks in advance.
Lisa
Ulcerative Colitis (remission)
GERD Reflux taking Zantac
Recently low positive ana. Taking Leflunomide (arava).
Also taking Amitriptyline to prevent migraines.

Posted By : Butterflake - 6/28/2017 10:51 PM
Hi Lisabeans. I saw an immunologist while I was searching for a diagnosis. He was pleasant, took some blood to see if l was allergic to a few things and asked many questions about substances that might cause allergic reactions, including my work environment. He didn't get me any closer to a diagnosis, but I felt that he was very thorough. I hope your visit goes well. Love, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, anxiety; CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency); IVIG infusion monthly; Hypertension; Osteoarthritis of the spine, right knee, fingers, toes; Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: Better living through chemistry

Posted By : Lisabeans - 6/29/2017 8:15 AM
Thanks Butterflake. I am allergic to almost everything out there except foods that I know of thus far. I am just desperate for some real answers. I know the answers won't totally change the treatment but with an answer I may be able to wrap my head around it and move on.
Lisa
Ulcerative Colitis (remission)
GERD Reflux taking Zantac
Recently low positive ana. Taking Leflunomide (arava).
Also taking Amitriptyline to prevent migraines.

Posted By : Bsime - 6/29/2017 12:29 PM
I would not see an immunologist unless you had a specific reason for doing so. A good friend is an immunologist/allergist and has autoimmune diseases but sees a rheumatologist, not someone in her specialty. Rheumies are the doctors who are best trained and prepared to diagnose and treat most autoimmune diseases like lupus.

Bill
MCTD (SLE Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in downhill skiing, golf, hiking. Meds: amlodipine, benezapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide.

Remain Optimistic and you can overcome.

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