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Ok, here we go..... It's taken me about 2 weeks to get up the nerve to do this!
My questions refer to a friend of mine and I with some similar issues. We both have mothers and other relatives with lupus and other autoimmune diseases. We are both approx 30 yo.
Her younger sis has reynauds and fibro ( I know that's lupus too!) Her mother has almost every autoimmune you can think of, her grandmother had reynauds and lupus, and more women in her family have others. She has a history of 1st and 2nd trimester miscarriage and hormonal infertility that led (after years of testing) to a diagnosis so far of reynauds and fibro and probably lupus. The women in her family also have a history of miscarriage or jsut "unusually small" families for their time. Her questions involve how to avoid steroids etc for the time being. Also, is there anyone on here that knows about herbal treatments?
As for myself, my mother has lupus, sjogrens, and rhuematoid. She had 2 aunts and an uncle with lupus. We have a list of family medical a mile long! My mother went through over 15 years of being treated for nerves, allergies, you name it before finally getting a diagnosis after surgery. My question is how do you get a doctor to just test you? I have some medical background and do my research. I have some symptoms that match my mother's history:
- allergies developing after 2nd child
- joint pain
- hair loss
- tired for weeks at a time/alternating with insomnia
- muscle cramps
- migraines and dizziness
- thirsty all the time but no dry eyes
- always cold, esp hands and feet
- tired and red in face for days after short sun exposure
I am really bad about going to a doctor. I have a child with medical conditions herself so I see enough that way! I also know that I will most likely be treated like I am crazy or paranoid, so that doesn't help encourage me! Does anyone think I could get a doctor to test my ANA etc for MY peace of mind? If so, how. PS I've already taken names of friends of mine (who have lupus etc) doctors, regular and rheumy. My mother doesn't live here btw, so her doc won't work.
Thank you anyone who answers either of us!