Being so far away from home while not feeling well can be a real scary thing and I appreciate your comment that you feel alone and scared. There are so many things I want to ask you. Weleetka asked a good question - are you taking any meds while in dx limbo? What kind of relationship do you have with your rheumy? Some doctors rush us in and out in a few minutes while others take the time to talk to us and answer questions. I hope you're able to make a list of questions to discuss with your doctor.
I too was frustrated while seeking a diagnosis but eventually learned that even though a doctor may strongly suspect a dx, they are reluctant to give a firm diagnosis because, for example, of the impact that can have on the ability to get insurance, not only health, but life and long term care insurance as well. Autoimmune diseases are difficult to diagnose and doctors are careful about not making mistakes. What is also important is whether or not you're being treated. I hope you are.
Tell us more about yourself, and please use this forum as an outlet for your fears and frustrations. You're in a tough place emotionally. That's what we're here for. While some folks are reluctant to post too much, don't be. We can't help you if you don't post.
I hope you have the opportunity to make friends in London. While I don't think it's a good idea to start talking about health problems when you first meet other people, you can still find comfort in knowing that you have a friendship with someone. While I was in a very bad place with my lupus I started knitting, and then hanging out at a local yarn store. I didn't talk about my lupus and now only when asked, but I find so much comfort and pleasure in having a group of friends I can hang out with. And I come here when I need to vent. And believe me, this is a wonderful place for that. We'll be here for you.
I'm glad you wrote and hope you'll join our little family here. Please let us know how you're doing and again, tell us more about yourself.
Hang in there,
SLE, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis, gluten intolerance.
prednisone, plaquenil, arava, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, tri-est, imitrex (for rare migraines), cymbalta, tricor, acifex, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin