Preparing for rheumy appointment

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   Posted 3/8/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got a rheumatologist appointment on Thursday - it will be my first appointment. I have been referred there as I have a positive ANA result and a few other autoimmune disorder symptoms. Just don't know what to expect really - more tests I assume?

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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
On your first appt your rheumy should ask you a ton of questions about your symptoms and family history. He/she should examine your skin, joints, hair and possibly check your lymp nodes. I am sure they will run some lab tests and check your urine. My first appt was over an hour but I know all doctor's are not like mine smilewinkgrin . I would suggest you make a list of all of your symptoms make a note of when they started and if anything makes them better or worse. Also make a list of your questions and any meds you are currently on, this way you won't forget anything.

I hope your appt goes well, don't expect a dx on your visit. Please let us know how it goes. Take care
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   Posted 3/9/2009 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks that's really helpful. I'm not looking forward to it, but at least I know what to expect now.
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