Everyone has given you great advice! I'm so glad you're going to see a rheumatologist right off the bat! As Pat mentioned, take a list of symptoms and questions with you. A list helps because sometimes it's hard to remember everything.
You probably will want to tell him/her that you'd like to be tested for *lots* of different things in order to (hopefully!) rule most of (all of?) them out or get the proper treatment started!
young and you need to be able to chase that beautiful baby boy around!!
One thing you should know that it's absolutely crucial
to find a doctor or doctors who will LISTEN to you! If your doctor does not listen, find another one ASAP!
Just based on your symptoms (I share many of your symptoms!) you may
want to be tested for (not necessarily in this order):
rheumatoid arthritis (NOTE: lupus + RA = "rhupus")
It is possible that you have more than one autoimmune disease or related disorder going on there....I'm not trying to overwhelm you but you need to know the possibilities up front. There are others but that list is a good start.
You mentioned "sensitive stomach"....you may need to see a gastroenterologist to check that out. A gastro can do celiac disease testing, or you can test yourself by eating a gluten-free diet for two weeks then go back on gluten and see how you feel. If you feel great gluten free and terrible when you start eating gluten again, you're at least gluten intolerant if not celiac. Please note that Lyme disease can cause gluten intolerance too.
Helpful link if you decide that you want to try the gluten free diet:glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/01/morning-after-diagnosis-that-is.html
Do you ever experience neurological symptoms such as "brain fog" or tingling/numbness or tremors? You may want to be tested for B12 deficiency, although brain fog goes along with fibro and lupus and celiac disease and Lyme disease and other miscellaneous autoimmune diseases as well.
By the way, I never in a million years would have thought I could have Lyme disease (not being the outdoors-y type!), but I do! So it can't hurt to be tested.
I'm in my first week of treatment for Lyme and can already see a positive difference in how I feel.
Anyway, good luck on your journey to diagnosis! Don't get too frustrated if it takes a while! It's very typical to test negative for a particular disease and then months or even years later, sure enough, you find out that's what it was all along!
Many of us took years to figure out what was going on with us, that's why I'm encouraging you to test for lots of things from the start. Sometimes you have to get second opinions or third opinions...never be afraid to question a diagnosis or lack thereof!
Here at HealingWell there are forums for practically any disorder, and there are lots of friendly, knowledgeable people ready to help if you have questions.
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