Yes . . . I recognized chronic fatigue at age 33 and didn't come up with a good reason until I was almost 50. No help from doctors and not one of them sent me to a rheumatologist. I had seen 3 pcp's, a derm, two orthopedic doctors, a spine doc, pain management and multiple different physical therapists. FINALLY, I looked up information online (like you are doing) and realized that I should have been referred to a rheumatologist a LONG time ago . . . and finally I started more aggressive treatment for my symptoms which had finally put me in a recliner for the better part of each day for almost two years. I'm glad you will be seeing a rheumy this week. I pray that he will be able to help you.
OH . . . consider going to your appointment freshly showered, but NO makeup, no moisturizer, no hair product. Be nicely groomed, but no product. The rheumy will appreciate seeing the true color of your lips and the condition of your skin and hair. These are clues which we cover up unknowingly.
I may not be online for a few days . . . but I'll be looking for your update when I am back online.
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