I am a new member and I am just so confused. It all started like this....
A few months back I was in the hospital for a week with acute pancreatitis. I went for an upper GI about 3 months after my hospital visit. The only thing they found was severe inflammation of my stomach lining. I left it at that...then I started getting so immensely tired that I began falling asleep driving home from work. I decided to go to my GP. He naturally sent me for blood work. I do have a low red blood count, low hemoglobin and low hematocrit which all point to Anemia. I also tested for a positive 1:40 titer ANA test with a Speckled/Homogenous pattern.
So, I went to my GP today to review my test results. He completely dismissed me and told me that 5% of the population test positive on the ANA test but are absolutely fine. I asked him how he could be so sure and he claimed "I just don't feel that there is anything to be concerned about". I asked him about any correlations between my other symptoms and the positive ANA test and he said "Nothing to worry about...unrelated issues". Since I like to research, everything that I read about Lupus insists that the symptoms that I am having are INDEED linked to lupus.
So....my question is....Should I get a second opinion from a Rheumatologist? Thank you in advance to all members who can assist me.