Good morning all...
I actually commented on the new posts last week, but my post got lost when the forum was down. :-(
Thanks, Lynnwood! I did look in that topic before I posted, but somehow I missed that information. I'm going to look again.
Crazykitty, thanks for the great advice about
the binder, etc. I did start writing down some of my symptoms and as I was writing I realized that it all started almost 6 years ago while I was pregnant with my son. I have no idea if that's significant, just didn't realize how long it really has gone on.
Crystal, thanks for posting and mentioning how long your appointment was. I have been wondering about
that. I didn't realize the physical exam would be quite so thorough until I started reading some other posts about
One more note about
asking for copies of test results... I originally had blood work done back in May. A nurse called me soon after and told me all of the tests were normal except that I'm very anemic. For some reason I couldn't stop thinking about
those tests, so in the middle of September I asked the doctor's office to fax them to me. I was surprised to see a notation on the page with the ANA test that said "ANA+, speckled pattern. Refer to rheumatologist"!!
When I called my doctor's office the response was basically "Oooops....". They were very apologetic, though, and got me an appointment fairly quickly. I don't think my ANA was very high positive, but since I have other symptoms they wanted me to get checked out.
Sorry for the long post!