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Old 10-27-2008, 01:07 AM   #1
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Does this sound like an autoimmune disorder?

Hi
I'm a 40 year old mother of 2. For the past 3 years or so after having my second baby I've had the following symptoms (I'm aware that they may not be related):

Discomfort right upper abdomen (LFT and liver ultrasound normal)
Abdominal bloating/wind that flares up most pre-menstrually for the past 8 months - sometimes the bloating is quite alarming (GI specialist thinks mild IBS)
Occasional aching tendons and joints (knees, hip, elbow)
Itching scalp and sides of face (around temples) but no rash
I have always suffered from Raynauds syndrome
I have blotchy skin (but this is not new)
3 years ago a lesion on leg (purpuric - lichens aureus) that dermatologist told me would disappear in 6 months and it did - hasn't been back since.
I have had normal Full Blood Count test results.

It's driving me mad because I have no diagnosis - my doctor says thre is nothing wrong with me. I have been so worried about my liver, but function tests and ultrasound have proved normal, but I know that something isn't right. I wonder if this could be something like Lupus? My doctor must think I'm a hypochondriac by now and I sense her boredom when I visit, so I'm trying to summon up the courage to go and ask her for some autoimmune disease tests. Do you think it could be something like this?
Thank you

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Does this sound like an autoimmune disorder?

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Originally Posted by beccaj68 View Post
Hi
I'm a 40 year old mother of 2. For the past 3 years or so after having my second baby I've had the following symptoms (I'm aware that they may not be related):

Discomfort right upper abdomen (LFT and liver ultrasound normal)
Abdominal bloating/wind that flares up most pre-menstrually for the past 8 months - sometimes the bloating is quite alarming (GI specialist thinks mild IBS)
Occasional aching tendons and joints (knees, hip, elbow)
Itching scalp and sides of face (around temples) but no rash
I have always suffered from Raynauds syndrome
I have blotchy skin (but this is not new)
3 years ago a lesion on leg (purpuric - lichens aureus) that dermatologist told me would disappear in 6 months and it did - hasn't been back since.
I have had normal Full Blood Count test results.

It's driving me mad because I have no diagnosis - my doctor says thre is nothing wrong with me. I have been so worried about my liver, but function tests and ultrasound have proved normal, but I know that something isn't right. I wonder if this could be something like Lupus? My doctor must think I'm a hypochondriac by now and I sense her boredom when I visit, so I'm trying to summon up the courage to go and ask her for some autoimmune disease tests. Do you think it could be something like this?
Thank you
There are different types of Lupus and I think you need to see a specialist. A rheumatologist is trained in the detection of Lupus. If your Dr. seems bored with you it may be because she does NOT have the specialized education that a rheumatologist does. This is just a thought and I hope all goes well for you.

 
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