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Debbie Downer
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the wonderful advise. I did have a great time with my husband. It was actually overcast and rainy most of the time. A lot of people were bumming that, but NOT me. lol I managed to find a good sunscreen too. It was SPF 85. I got a lot of sleep. I did drink too much. I feel okay, just very very tired. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't end up having a bad week ahead of me. (((praying)))

I guess I'm intoxicating to mosquitoes because they dined on me a lot. I probably have 20+ bites on my arms and legs. :( Something about me those seedy little bugs like, no one else in our group were attacked like me, always been that way though even as a child.

I've been taking anti-depressants to appease my PCP who is thoroughly convinced that I am depressed. I feel a little happier I guess. I still feel stupid tired and my knees, wrists, neck hurt just as bad as ever. No mouth sores right now. YEAH! I have an appointment with a Rheumotologist on June 25th. I hope he takes me seriously. I even have a picture of my face rash. I was thinking of posting it on here for you guys to see. ((I know you can't diagnose))). My PCP barely looked at it and said Rosacea very matter of factly. It doesn't look like Rosacea to me and I only get it when I'm having a crappy week. Stress? I also get bumpy rashes on my arms, sometimes painful and sometimes not. Once, it was really swollen and puffy and hot and actually hurt. Weird. I don't know anymore really. Everyone is convinced I'm depressed. Maybe I am? I do have a lot of anxiety. So far the only thing I've tested positive for is ANA which was 1:320 and my PCP said there was no pattern and believes it was false because my anti DNA and the other blood test came back negative.

I am looking forward to seeing the specialist. If he or she tells me it is my head than okay I guess, but I need actual tests that back that up including a negative ANA. I'm going to have to ask for a heavier dose of anti-depressants than if I really am just depressed. And, I'm never having any more kids. I was fine before I had children.

Also, after my first son, my periods went back to normal cycles, I've always been very regular. I am not now. I quit breastfeeding in early March and have only had 2 periods. Is that normal? I was due for my third over a week ago. NO, I am not pregnant. lol :-) I would pass out if that were so.

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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jenna,

I would really suggest seeing a dermatologist. My rheumy also said that my facial rash looked like rosecea. I went to my dermy (he's a dermapathologist, see one of those if you can) and told him that's what she thought and he said definitely not. He wrote a letter to my rheumy that my rash is auto immune and related to connective tissue disease AND that it was not rosacea. A rheumy is not a skin expert and can only give an opinion.

Also if you have any other rashes you may want to show the dermy as well, you never know what may be related or not. Anything could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

Debbie Downer
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 5/31/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I'm adding a couple of pictures. First one is me looking normal, the second one is me feeling terrible and with my face rash that my PCP swears is Rosacea. (((terrible picture by the way))))


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