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Fear of test results

I finally went back to the rheum doc after 3 1/2 years ( never got the labwork she ordered back then) and i told her how scared i am to get the labwork done and to find out there might be something terribly wrong- she was very understanding but still wants the labwork done so we can move forward with a diagnosis- i didnt stop at the lab on the way out because im just too fearful of the results- she mentioned that the labwork from 4 yrs ago showed my liver is a bit "angry"-- she said most likely fatty liver from being a bit overweight and weight loss and exercise would really help the numbers- now im more scared of finding out my liver enzyme results and what that means ( OMG LIVER CANCER, HEPATITIS???)- id almost be relieved if i just had LUPUS -is anyone else like me with the fears of getting test results? Ive just GOT to get my nerve and get it done so i will know! ARRRRGHHHHHH 😡- so frustrated with myself !

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Hi calm down fatty liver do sent have to be all that bad and the blood tests mean you would get the meds you need not the meds your gp might think you need if I were you I would go to your gp explain how worried you are get the tests done and see where you are and take the

Right road from there stress and worry will just make things worse so sory.

Take care george

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It's not easy, please relax. Don't worry about the results, go for the positive outcomes and any Treatments (if any) required. Best wishes Kevin

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It is always better to know than not to know, so you can get the treatments you need. Delaying diagnosis and treatment could make things worse. Do you have someone who can go with you to have the tests, and to go with you to your appointment when you get the results?


Hi Lannsutt,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and emotions with us. Undergoing a diagnosis can be daunting sometimes but you have demonstrated that you are taking a step in the right direction by revisiting your rheumatologist.

Undergoing tests and examinations allows your doctor to provide you with correct care and treatment that maybe required. Treating an underlying or existing condition can also help prevent other health conditions from arising in the future. To find out how lupus is diagnosed, you can download our information pack here: lupusuk.org.uk/request-info...

I’m not sure whether you are based in the UK or not, but if you are we have trained volunteer contacts who you can chat with over the telephone. The contacts are not medically trained but are there to offer support and understanding. If you would like a local contact to speak to, you can email me at chanpreet@lupusuk.org.uk .

We published a factsheet that contains services and support helplines which may be of interest to you: lupusuk.org.uk/wp-content/u...

I encourage you to have your tests done as soon as possible.

Wishing you the best of luck, please let us know how you get on.

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