Friday, March 21, 2014
I met with the rheumatologist today. She was very nice, seemed to know her stuff and appeared to be 18!! LOL!! We reviewed my history and all of the blood work done so far. She sincerely doubts that I have lupus. But, she did want to do more blood work to check for more obscure autoimmune diseases. She said that, as a specialist, she feels driven to make sure there is NOTHING there! I have dry eye syndrome and that could be related to Sjogren's Syndrome and I had 4 miscarriages which could indicate some autoimmune disease that effects blood clotting BUT I've never had a blood clot. I did have lots of fertility issues and received hormone injections to carry the 2 children I have. But, I agreed that since I'd come this far we may as well finish it up. I went to lab and had 10 (yes, TEN) vials of blood drawn. I've given about 30 vials of blood this month!!! YIKES! Thank goodness all but one have come back negative.
She did say that 5% of the general population will test positive on this ANA test. I had an aunt with lupus and have a cousin with MS so I would have an even higher chance of being a "carrier" with no symptoms. She thinks this is probably what's going on since "they've" been trying to give me this diagnosis and, after 30 years, I still show no solid, consistent symptoms.
To be continued.............