The thing is, General Practitioners, aka Primary Care Physicians, are NOT QUALIFIED to say whether something is auto-immune or not!!! A positive ANA may be nothing, but it is the RHEUMATOLOGIST who is qualified to investigate and make the final decision, not a GP/PCP. It also may mean you need to start early treatment for an auto-immune disease!
You can read more about
ANA and what it means/doesn't mean in the Lupus 101 thread - also read about
the 11 diagnosing symptoms there. It sounds to me like you definitely have enough symptoms to warrant a workup by a rheumy!
Similarly, a GP/PCP is NOT QUALIFIED to treat rosacea!!! It is another auto-immune disorder that needs to be addressed by a DERMATOLOGIST! And it may not be that at all, it may be a malar rash which is a symptom of Lupus!
I really dislike Dr's who try to diagnose and treat in areas they are really not well trained in!!! I hope you will be able to see a rheumy without a referral - I suppose these days that is up to your insurance.
Keep us posted -
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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