Re: Advice for next doctor visit
Girliegirl5, hi. Sorry you've been having such problems! And NO, you're NOT a wimp!
I also vote for a rheumatologist. You could also ask PCP or rheumie to refer you to a dermatologist, to get answers about your scalp lesions. A dermie could do a skin biopsy, to determine if it's psoriasis, discoid lupus lesions, or something else entirely. (Skin can be helpful, by presenting another path of investigation, in addition to bloodworok, urinalysis, lifetime medical history, etc. Plus because skin problems are visible---you can't make them up!)
Have you seen the sticky posts (permanent info posts) at the top of the thread list? There you'll find basic info on lupus, incl. symptoms, tests, and other reading materials. Let us know how you're making out. Sending warm wishes, Vee