what to expact at rhumy

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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i was wondering what to expect at a first appt. with a rhumy?  what kinds of testing do they do?  i just went through some mri's with my nuro, but that was pretty much it for tests with him.  what tests do they do to determine its lupus?  i know there are quite a few things docs have no exact test for so i was wondering if there is a definitive test they use for lupus?

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   Posted 7/30/2008 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Domanique,

There are some links at the end of my signature that would help answer a lot of your questions.

The Lupus Resources topic has lots, as do the Lupus.org site and the 4 of 11.

The rheumy should take a very detailed health history and will likely order a lot of blood work. Prepare well for this appointment as noted in the Lupus Resources topic.

I hope this helps.


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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Domanique, your first rheumy appointment should be pretty long (an hour or longer) and he/she should take a very very detailed health history and also get a detailed list of your current symptoms.  It helps is you can make a list of all your current and past symptoms, even the symptoms that you think might not be related.  Alos take a picture of any rashes or joint swelling between now and then because those things might not be visible on the day of your appointment.
Here is a direct link to some of what Rosie was talking about.  If you go down to about the 8th topic - it is titled " Tips for New Members" and it has all kinds of great information.
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
On your first appt the rheumy should also check all of your joints (hands, fingers, knees, etc) for pain and inflammation. They should also ask about your family history. Like Hippi said, be sure to make a list of all of your symptoms and when they started. Also make a note of family members that have any health problems.

Let us know how your appt goes! Take care

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