I am struggling to get a confirmed diagnosis for SLE. My consultant agreed with my dermatologist on the evidence provided ie: 2 positive ANA blood results and nearly all the 11 primary symptoms of SLE. He then wanted me to see his dermatologist who looked at my butterfly rash on my face and said straight away he thought it was rosacea. He did not ask about my other symptoms and was very abrupt. He then said he was going to treat it as rosacea and wanted to prescribe me roaccutane - which I informed him I had already been prescribed. I then reeled off the list of other tablets and topical meds/creams that I had tried for rosacea and he just sighed. 'Well the only other thing is to take a punch biopsy from the rash on your face. You do realise that this is very painful and will leave a scar'. I am afraid I was a little rude and just said 'whatever' which is totally out of character for me. Why is everything a fight - II work full time - and just need help to get through this terrible fatigue, pain and everything else associated with whatever is wrong with me.
Is this standard tratment for most of us who are trying to get an answer.