(Closed) Rheumatologist

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Any other symptoms? 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

A few years ago I went to a dermatologist complaining of hair loss, and I had a skin rash too. The doctor said he might need to send me to a rheumatologist to rule out an autoimmune disease like lupus (I tested negative, in the end). Maybe your doctor is just trying to rule out possibilities before prescribing treatment for your hair loss.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Fallicious1012:  I think he is thinking lupus- I think it is a little rash to send you straight to a rhematologist when he can do the same tests the rhematologist can do

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Are you under a good deal of stress?  I mean, have you been in the past year or so?  He’s probably trying to be on the safe side, it doesn’t sound like you have to worry.

It’s hard to rule out all autoimmune diseases, but I’d imagine that your allergist tested for Lupus…which is serious, but manageable.  If I was a doctor who wanted to thoroughly rule out Lupus to set my patient’s mind at ease, I would definitely have the tests done by a rheumatologist just to be as thorough as possible.  

Don’t worry.  It sounds like he’s just covering his bases!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m currently being tested for lupus and other autoimmune diseases by a rheumatologist, too.  It’s scary.  I have no advice to give, but good luck!  Keep us updated.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Well, I have lupus and hair loss is a symptom, but it sounds like you don’t have it. What is weird to me is your blood work came back normal yet your dr wants you to see a rheumatologist. For most people with autoimmune diseases, they test positive for something called ANA and then that’s the big red flag that you might have an autoimmune disease. I’m pretty sure your dr would have checked your ANA in your basic blood work, so it sounds like that’s negative! I guess he’s just trying to cover his bases, but it seems a little overkill to me. Just my .02 cents.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Fallicious1012:  Lupus is rather serious- and I think if you had it you would know that there is defintely something wrong.  

ANA can be off for a number of reasons- but unless it is high then there isn’t a large concern for Lupus.  

(please be advised that I am not a medical professional)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I went to see a rheumatologist when I had a lot of things going on.

They had no clue what was going on with me (migraines, blood clots, abscesses, weak joints). I was tested for lupus, rheumaoid arthritis – and a million other things.

Eventually I got diagnosed – coeliac’s disease! I was just allergic to wheat and I cut it out and that was that! Easy as pie and nowhere near as dramatic as the other scary things I thought it was!

I was worried for MONTHS and really had no need to!

Good luck!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Definitely keep us updated!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hair loss can be related to so many things, it’s hard to say. I’m not a medical professional, but hair loss can be related to thyroid issues, being on birth control, hormone imbalance, stress, etc. I do have lupus and sometimes I deal w/ hair loss (right now it’s rather thin, and I’m bummed out about it). As for being nervous about a rheumatologist, I know it’s easier said than done but try not to worry too much yet. Did you ask your doctor why he wanted you to see another doctor, specifically a rheumatologist? If not, you can definitely call up and ask – your doctors work for YOU, even if some do’nt act that way. As for diagnosing lupus, it can be tricky, it’s not just one blood test.

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