Finally got an appt with rheumatologist

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Date Joined Aug 2018
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   Posted 9/2/2018 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone--I finally got an appt with a rheumy on Sept. 28. I have to travel about an hour and 45 minutes, but I don't care. The earliest they would see me in my area was Feb of next year! I think this is totally unacceptable! Anyway, can anyone tell me what to expect from my first visit with the doc? thanks and have a blessed day.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/2/2018 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Every rheumatologist probably does things a little differently, but when I had my first visit after a high ANA test result:

She asked lots of questions about symptoms

She reviewed my blood test results and ordered more that hadn't been done

She ordered urinalysis to check kidney function

She did a thorough evaluation of my joints, mostly my fingers and toes (this one kinda annoyed me because I told her that my joint problems were large joints - back and hips and knees. But she was far more interested in small joints, where I'd already told her I had no problems).

My primary care ordered a chest x-ray.

Your appointment might be fairly similar (or not, who knows!). Good luck and I hope they figure something out that helps you.

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Date Joined Dec 2016
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   Posted 9/3/2018 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Read our first thread, Lupus 101. It includes a comprehensive list of things to have prepared in advance of your first visit.

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   Posted 9/3/2018 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much..
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