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Hi Ladies. I've been lurking here for a little while and decided it was time to introduce myself I am 24, just had my second son in March.
I was given a lab order to get my ANA tested when my firstborn was 8 months old, but was so freaked out by it that I did not have the blood work done. I then became PG with DS #2 and put it in the back of my mind. I recently had the test done and it came back positive.
My first appt. with the Rheumatologist is coming up and I am hoping some of you can give me some insight on what to expect. Lupus is suspect for me.
They will more than likely run a few more blood tests and ask a slew of questions. Some will go so far after that as to run even further testing. Don't be scared tho, it's very treatable, or managed by medications if needed.
Has your doctor given you any information to sort of prepare you
My appt. is on the 26th. I have been waiting over two months for it so the anticipation and anxiety has been getting to me.
My GP hasn't given me any info. I got paperwork from the rheumie, but it's just a health questionnaire.
I've done some reading about Lupus online but don't want to jump to any self-made conclusions so I'm trying to keep that at a minimum but my curiosity and worry often gets the best of me.
I guess the thing that really worries me is I have heard that it can take years to receive a diagnosis, and I am guessing you spend that entire time getting tested and going to Dr. appts, etc....and that just sounds like such a life drain and emotional rollercoaster.