After a year of getting nowhere with my diagnosis I made the decision to get a second Rheumatology opinion. I am so glad I did!
I have all the symptoms of Lupus but without the positive ANA result I was getting the brush off from my Rheumy, he just didn’t give two hoots about the pain I was in and left me hanging with no medication or even a plan.
My new Rheumy told me that without the positive ANA he would also rule out Lupus, even though all the symptoms fit. But to make absolutely certain he would test for ANA by immunofluoresence.....and it has come back positive with speckled pattern!
It sounds awful to want that result but I’m just so relieved. I feel like this is a turning point and finally something might be done to find the right treatment. I realise that it still may not be Lupus but it’s another piece of the puzzle.