I was diagnosed with lupus over a year ago by my family doctor. It took me a year to get my insurance to pay for a rheumatologist. I was so happy to finally see him. when he came into to the exam room, he did some minor looking me over and after about 10 minutes he told me he didn't think i had lupus. He told me he thought that it was just my fibromyalgia that had worsened and that the deformity in my hands was minor rheumatoid arthritis! i was so upset, how can he say this by just looking at me? when i was diagnosed (by a blood test) i asked my doctor if he was sure it was lupus. he assured me he was. the rheumatologist did order a bunch of blood tests, but i was so upset that i just left. my plan is to go back to my primary care doctor and have the blood tests done there. then have him refer me to another specialist for a second opinion.
can anyone give me any advice?
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