I paid my first visit to an abrupt and rather jobsworth Rheumatologist today, who was less than impressed with my symptoms and my blood test results ( despite the fact that they were all positive, albeit at a low level) She chose to ignore my complaints of migraine, allergies joint pain and a facial rash, put the fatigue from which I suffer down to an underactive thyroid ( I do have an underactive thyroid, btw ,and it is ridiculously out of control because my GP is as useful as a chocolate teapot! I'm tired of constantly reminding to arrange blood tests and titrate my dose of levothyroxine, only to have it fall on deaf ears ,so I will accede this, though I am convinced its not the whole picture) and was basically of a mind set of 'don't call us, we'll call you ( if EVER)'
To be fair, she did reorder all previous blood and urine tests, as well as some x rays of my hips and knees ( which give me the most discomfort), and while she may in all honesty be right, I felt as if I were a mild annoyance that should be swept under the carpet. I don't suppose I could ask for anything further in this regard, but I am confused, for a couple of reasons:
-If only a very few people have dsdna antibodies ( and mine are within a normal range) can they simply be dismissed as 'just one of those things'?
- My ENA panel was positive, but no one seems to know what antibody I tested positive for. Would this be Thyroid Antibodies, or something else?
Anyway ,just for the avoidance of doubt, a binding level of 2, is, apparently, entirely normal.
Feeling a bit confused and disheartened,