Welcome to the forum Later !!
Deep breath there, ok?
Think symptoms . . . Lets pretend that she is dx'd with Lupus. The doctor would keep tabs on her blood and urine, and he would treat her symptoms. I hope that makes you feel better already.
The blood test for the hashi is sometimes called Thyroglobulin. There are other names for it too. You are right that can cause all her symptoms too.
Lots of us have had Lupus most of our lives. The folks who post at this forum are probably more ill (in general) than the average lupan. That's what drives most of us to this forum. That being said . . . I am mildly affected and live a fairly normal life. I am careful that I don't overdo for days on end because overspending my energy will/can cause a disease flare and set me back.
The fact that your girlfriend is 30 is a really good thing. A lot of lupans who have really bad complications are ill from puberty. That's not to say that she couldn't end up with organ involvement but lots of us never have organ involvement.
The rheumatologist will likely to a very good job of sorting things out for you. He will send her for a large number of blood tests (maybe 25 or more) and will probably have her urine checked to.
One helpful thing you can do is to go with her to her appointment . . . IF you aren't a basket case. There is an important information sheet that she can prepare before that appointment if you click on the link at the end of my signature: "Lupus Resources", you'll find a post about
"how to get the most out of a doctor's appointment" . . . it is near the end of that topic about
the fourth post from the bottom. That topic has lots of other good info in it too.
But if she has no symptoms . . . that is huge. Another link you might appreciate is "4 of 11 Criteria" . . . that link will explain how Lupus is dx'd.
I know this is a really hard time. But realize that she is STILL HEALTHY. You can have a high ANA and never know it.
Zoloft (and some other meds) can interfere with sleep sometimes and that could contribute to tiredness or fatigue. See if she can differentiate between feeling tired or having fatigue. Fatigue is like walking around in a concrete suit - everything is a huge effort. Tired is - I need to sleep more.
So . . . remember . . . the lupus patients you hear about
are the extreme. There are lot's of us who are doing quite well.
I hope you get some encouraging responses from the other members here.
Keep us posted.
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