Sorry, there aren't really firm answers --
- some PPOs require referrals to rheumies, , some do not
- labs tests take different amounts of time, and your doctor probably specified that you don't get results until s/he can review them with you. The actual lab processing is usually 3-5 days - then it's up to dr's staff & schedule.
I hope you get some answers soon - I'm sure the passing out is scary, but it's not really a symptom of lupus or RA. With the mix of symptoms you have, I definitely agree with the suggestion to see a rheumy. Primary care doctors do their best, but these autoimmune diseases are tricky and need an expert (rheumy) to look at them and see the big picture. ANA & RA tests do not tell the whole story; they are not definitive.
Hope you get some results soon and they help you find some symptom relief.
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