I am being investigated for autoimmune disorders including lupus. I have a strong family history, rashes, history of low wbc, unexplained fever, G6PD anemia, nerve muscle and joint pain, fainting episodes, a positive ANA, (at this time, it is low at 1:40 homogeneous pattern and mytotic centrosome pattern) raynaud's and many other indicators.
My problem is that my symptoms fluctuate in severity. The list of symptoms is quite long and most doctors just make me feel embarrassed when I try to explain what I'm experiencing.
For some reason my GP is dismissive of many of my symptoms and abnormal blood work. She is going to give me a referral for a rheumatologist who will do further blood work, but she wants me to take steroids for two weeks first. Won't the steroids impact my blood work?
I am a bit discouraged as it seems the road to a diagnosis will be a tough one. It makes me uncomfortable that I am perscribed so many pills, but I have no idea what is causing these issues.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Wishing you well <3