Well, I would say I have visited a doctor (PCP, a rheumatologist and an endocrinologist) about
these issue probably 10 times up to this point. I have had my blood drawn at least 8 times and every time, with the same result. about
3-4 years ago, I just decided to give up.
My mom had lupus and her face rash really gave it away. Unfortunately, I really don't have the face rash and I have a much darker complexion. I have cousins and other relatives with various auto-immune disorders.
I am very active and I eat very healthily out of fear of heart disease (also rampant in my family), so I am able to keep my lupus symptoms at bay. But in the past few years, I have begun to have very bad GERD/IBS and lots of swelling and cyclical bruising. Nose sores, scalp sores, intermittent exhaustion, all the little symptoms that add up to one thing: probably lupus. My partner encourages me to just look at it this way: I have lupus and although the doctor won't diagnose me, that's what it is. So for now, I guess I'm okay just working on my own to keep the symptoms at bay and be thankful that I am able to do so through a healthy lifestyle. One day, when I am not able to do that, maybe I will go back to the doctor.
I do enjoy reading this message board and I appreciate everyone's support and especially that I don't feel alone in this battle. Thanks guys