Hi everyone, 1st of all forgive my ignorance on this illness if at any point I sound silly! My Husband has been suffering with severe joint pain & fatigue for such along time, he just thinks its the norm, as he is a Landscape gardener & it involves strenuous physical labour.
He recently (about 3/4 weeks) ago started losing his hair in patches, up to this point he has had no problems with hair loss & it is quite pronounced in places & has occurred quickly.
Last April, due to me pestering him to see the Dr, he had bloods done (he wasn't losing hair then). They came back showing inflammatory response, but the Dr didn't seem overly concerned, saying RA was marker was clear. Naproxin, co codamol was prescribed & he was sent on his way. Trouble is, he was presenting with a rash, that affected most of his body (except his face) & the Dr said she thought it was Dermatitus. No suggestion of treatment. Its very noticeable & concerning. He is terrible when it comes to visiting the Dr, being a man, he just wont go unless it's desperate!.
Last monday, again because of the alarming rate the hair loss was happening, I went with him to Dr (a locum this time) & she expressed concern that he hadn't been referred to a Neurologist or Rheummy. She ordered more bloods & said she can't be dx Lupus, but she is fairly certain it is. We are a bit perplexed to be honest, not knowing a lot about the illness (although I have looked it up now!). We wont know anything until his bloods are back next week, but I would so much apprieciate any info you could pass on, after all, who are the best to ask?! I have been tested for it, although I didn't know at 1st, as I have MS.
If you could guide me on what happens now & what are we to expect, I will be so grateful. I know there is still a chance he doesn't have it, but the Dr seemed pretty convinced, thank you so much in advance Tracey x