Re: New not yet diagnosed
Charmin, hi & welcome! I had recurring problems for decades but they didn't include pericarditis or costochondritis. (I had crazy GI problems for 20+ years, urinary problems, anemia, rashes, migraine-like headaches, pain, & fatigue.)
Hair loss: yes, had that, but mostly along hair line & crown, as opposed to losing clumps. I also had dry patches on scalp, but those turned out not to be anything more than abnormally dry skin (plus I'd dehydrate with the GI problems, so that can't have helped). My hair & scalp are much healthier now, with Plaquenil & strict sun precautions.
Have you read the "sticky posts" = permanent info posts, located at the top of the thread list? Reading has helped me. It NEVER substitutes for capable doctors, of course, but I found I understood my drs. better, asked better questions, and (oddly?) worried less.
Anyway, I'm glad you saw a rheumie & are scheduled for a follow-up to get results. GOOD LUCK. Yes, it certainly wears you down, all of it, so I hope you can turn to a new and better page very soon! So stay in touch & keep us posted, OK? Bye for now, with warm wishes, Vee