Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Am feeling knocked sideways at the moment.
Monday last week I went out for dinner with an old friend. I've been moderately troubled by red patches on my cheeks & nose for the last few years. But I thought they were just one of those things, and I could just about cover them up with make-up.
My friend, who is a doctor, looked at my make-up-free face last Monday and said "I don't want to worry you, but have you had those red patches on your cheeks checked out at all? Because it's a while since I've done dermatology, but those look rather like Lupus to me."
I confessed that I hadn't had them checked out, and that I'd assumed they were sun damage (looking back, this is unlikely as I avoid the sun) or else rosacea. But she was convinced by neither of these self-diagnoses, and urged me to go to my doctor as soon as possible.
So, I went on Friday, really hoping that the doc would say "Oh, that's NOTHING at all like Lupus, what you have is.... [insert name of trivial and easily-fixable condition here]."
Instead, she said "Oh yes, I see what your friend means. It does look a lot like it, but as it's so uncommon I'd like to get a second opinion" and called in one of the other GPs who has a special interest in dermatology. He thought it looked a lot like Lupus as well. So I had a lot of blood taken yesterday - they're testing it for absolutely everything they can think of - and will need to wait 2 or 3 weeks for the results. Of course, in the meantime I've been googling Lupus and it's not great.