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What To Expect At First Rheumatologist Appointment
Tomorrow is my first rheumatologist appointment, can aperson have autoimmune disease based on positive ANA titer320 and negative4 all ab specific tests?
My rheumatologist said I have abnormal protein in my blood. He refered me to a hemotologist. My appointment is at the cancer center. Is this cancer?
Should one seek appointment with rheumatologist if ANA positive occurs with several symptoms of sle only if dsdna comes back positive? (low WBC too)
History and PE: Many rheumatic diseases are difficult to diagnose on a first visit. Most likely, a complete history and physicial will be taken. Any old records should be reviewed. Many times further labs or xrays will be ordered based on your complaints. Initiation of treatment on a first visit again depends on symptoms and physicial findinds. Good luck. ...Read more
Bloodwork: There are many types of vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) and exactly what you have depends on the types of arteries affected, the symptoms you're having, and your approximate age and lifestyle habits. The rheumatologist will send bloodwork to confirm that there is a vasculitis and may prescribe steroids for treatment. You should, however, also see a vascular surgeon for an opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things.: Treating arthritis in its many forms, treating soft-tissue injuries not requiring surgery, dealing with low back pain and fibromyalgia. Osteoporosis tx and prevention is dealt with. Also, their are groups of autimmune diseases including sle, sjogren's, sclerderma, polymyositis, vascultis, and others. We give chemotherapy, use infusable drugs, perform joint injections (i also do nerve blocks). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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