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first proper chat to a new gp

hi all . I feel 90 percent sure I have lupus. can I ask the gp to do an ana or dna test thing or do I need to just go in and ask to see a rheumatologist. I can't cope , I'm trying to do a 4 day a week drop, bring up 2 young children on my own , I have strong ache pain all over, cold sores, extreme tiredness, swollen ankles and enlarged lympth nodes, stiffness, fever . All I have is 15mg cocdamol and 30mg amytriptyine . please can anyone help with what to ask for at gp. thank you

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Hi amandafeelsrough,

Welcome to the LUPUS UK community forum.

I am sorry to hear that you've been struggling with these symptoms. I think it is worth going to your GP with a list of your symptoms and asking to be investigated for autoimmune diseases, rather than necessarily suggesting lupus by itself. Getting an ANA test would be a really good start. If it is positive then it is good supporting evidence for a diagnosis of some form of autoimmune condition. Your GP would then be best to refer you to a rheumatologist for further investigations and more specialised tests.

If you'd like more information about lupus and how it is diagnosed, you can request or download one of our free packs at lupusuk.org.uk/request-info...

If you need any tips on preparing for your appointment, you may find our article here helpful - lupusuk.org.uk/getting-the-...

Let us know how you get on.

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thanks Paul for that I will

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Make that appointment with your GP. Explain your concerns to the receptionist & ask for a double appointment so that it is not rushed & you can really explain your symptoms. Write a list of what you want to discuss.

A word of warning though......don't go in saying you think you have Lupus and asking for specific tests or to get a referral to a rheumatologist.

You are consulting a professional doctor......so tell him your symptoms & listen to his answers. If he doesn't mention Lupus or the tests you feel you need THEN introduce your thoughts & go from there.

Nothing annoys a GP more than a patient presenting with a personal (or Dr Google) diagnosis, combined with their opinion if what the doctor should do.....It can sometimes delay any treatment.

You are obviously going through a very difficult time...so explain all your problems as well as the health issues. GPs can access many services that may be of help to you..

I hope you haven't got Lupus....just get to your GP & start to get a diagnosis & some treatment.

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