I think you have excellent reasons to check in with a rheumatologist!
Most rheumies do not require a referral, unless of course your insurance requires one. One way to find one well-versed in Lupus is to check out www.lupus.org
and look up your local chapter. Contact them to see what local rheumies are active on their advisory board -- these are the Drs most experienced with Lupus & similar AI diseases.
Also be forwarned -- some primary care docs think Lupus is easy to treat and will try to handle it themselves. Don't let this happen!!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 11/23/2014 11:57:08 AM (GMT-7)