I'm helping a dear friend who's 35, female, and has been suffering for years of an undiagnosed condition. I'm skeptical that it's really so difficult to diagnose. She's been shuffled between doctors, rheumatologists, neurologists; each one sending her back to another specialist.
Her symptoms started 4 years ago with an excruciating pain in her elbow, followed by dizziness and nausea.
- All of her glands are swollen
- She is extremely light sensitive
- Severe nerve pain, joint pain, migraines
- She gets confused, deals with immense depression
- Unable to sleep well
I suggested she request more blood tests, specifically retesting ANA and others to test for Lupus. The doctors can't pin a diagnosis on her, and they have tested her for many autoimmune diseases. I'm not sure why they're having such a difficult time with her condition. Her symptoms are wide spread, revolving around nerve and autoimmune problems.
Are there any questions I can ask her to narrow things down?
If anyone could help, or suggest an approach we can take to get a diagnosis and treatment, it'd be greatly appreciated.
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