Hi to everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Have suspected Lupus for last 20 years or so with rashes and many symptoms. In this time have seen 3 dermatologists and 1 rheumatologist without definite diagnosis. However the last dermatologist did a punch biopsy in early January and wrote to me to confirm Lupus. Went to see him today, finally thinking I may get some answers but instead he has referred me back to rheumatologist. I told him I saw rheumatologist 3 years ago and although she found I had pernicious anaemia due to autoantibodies she didn't find anything to indicate Lupus. He has assured me that I am not being referred back for diagnosis as he has already confirmed the diagnosis of Lupus with Malar rash which is present, other rashes and biopsy findings. He says that primary care of Lupus lies with a rheumatologist who will do further blood tests that only they can order and that they will assess my condition further and decide course of action. He has ordered some blood tests and has arranged for further appointment to see him in about four months and has also said that I will now see him on a regular basis in future but has said that rheumatologist will take over primary care. Is this the normal course of action to take? Thank you for taking the time to read this, hope someone is able to advise as I just feel like I'm being passed from pillar to post
Content on HealthUnlocked does not replace the relationship between you and doctors or other healthcare professionals nor the advice you receive from them.