Sorry . . can't remember if you are working with PCP or rheumy. If you aren't working with a rheumatologist, I would ask for a referral. The typical doc just can't be expected to keep up with all the autoimmune stuff. These autoimmune illnesses so overlap each other that it takes some real detective work to piece everything together.
Your list of symptoms should be carefully prepared for the doctor/rheumatologist as these are WAY important. If a doctor ignores your list, its really not a good sign. These are great clues to your diagnosis and therefore to your treatment.
As you prepare your list for the doctor, make sure to concisely but intentionally describe each one. I find it difficult to do this thinking in the doctor's office, so I spend a lot of time preparing this list.
So you might want to describe your fatigue (does it prevent you from working? is it worse in the morning or as your day progresses? does a nap help? does a short walk help? or make it worse? and then the joint pain: does it burn? ache? swelling? no swelling? worse in the morning? worse as the day progresses? what triggers the pain? what helps it?
I hope you get some clue with your blood work. I know how frustrating it is waiting for a doctor's appointment, hoping to get some help and then being dismissed because they just don't understand what you are going thru.
Keep us posted!!
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