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Had my consultation with Dr D'Cruz yesterday. He made me feel at ease, was sympathetic and listened to what I had to say. More importantly, he was the first doctor I have seen who appeared to have previously taken the time to look over the huge wad of notes supplied by my GP.

Anyway, at this stage he is of the opinion that I have cutaneous lupus. I have to return for my blood results in the New Year, however, regardless of what they show I will be given medication.

After a total of 10 long years I finally feel I am getting somewhere, so would like to thank you all for the advice/support you have given me.

I'm so glad that I persevered/badgered my GP.....I knew there was something not quite right. Maybe they will now cross off the 'hypochondriac' label no doubt scrawled across my notes!
 

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That's great news Aggie :)

I think many here can understand your relief. I used to think that people would think me hypochondriac but I was severely told off by my rheumy for those thoughts a few months ago so I'm trying to give it up :lol:

I hope the meds make a big difference,
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Dear Aggie, Being listened to and promised treatment is a huge step forward for you. I would recommend Dr.D'Cruz to anyone, I have never heard of anyone not being treated with courtesy and professionalism by him. I am always so pleased when I hear that someone is going to be helped at long last.
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Just quickly passing through but I just wanted to say I am so glad it went ok for you! (He is brilliant, isn't he?!).
Anyway, glad things are getting moving for you, and I hope you have a good christmas.
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Aggie,

That is good news and I am glad that you have peace of mind in knowing that you have been right all along. We are here for you if you still need us in the future. Lupus is a daily battle and it is never easy to do it alone, have been there and done that it is no fun. I am not glad that you have lupus but like most things it is better to know something as to think you are crazy so to speak. Keep us updated on how you are doing with the doctor and how you are doing.
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Thanks all! The strange thing is, I still can't fully accept what he has said, strange though it sounds. I think it stems from years of being fobbed off by other doctors and the fact that I was expecting my consultation to be another waste of time and for him to tell me it was probably psorasis.

I was quite dumbfounded when he told me his opinion and it was only an hour or so later that I realised there were loads of questions I should have asked....good job I am seeing him again.

It was a refreshing change to sit in front of a doctor who actually believed what I was saying and was willing to offer some help. Because of him I'm actually starting to feel more positive about the start of a new year as I hope there will be big improvements in my quality of life and how I feel about myself.

Anyway, I shall definitely continue visiting the forum as it has been a God send. I wouldn't be in the position I am today if it wasn't for the advice offered here. You've all been brilliant!

Thanks once again.....Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2009 to you all.
 

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Hi aggie, I'm in almost the same situation. I saw Dr D'Cruz on Thursday. did you get your results?
 

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pollianna;530744 said:
Hi aggie, I'm in almost the same situation. I saw Dr D'Cruz on Thursday. did you get your results?
My blood tests were unremarkable except for high ESR, but he advised that this was often the case. Anyway, based on medical history, examination, photos, consultation with other doctors etc, he has finally diagnosed me with cutanous lupus/psoriasis.

He is the most thorough doctor I have happened to meet and even looked through past hospital notes for any additional clues. I am so grateful to him as after 10 years of stress and having to cope with numpties, I am finally going to receive appropriate treatment via a doctor I respect/can trust and will hopefuly start to look and feel much better!

How are you getting on?
 

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aggie,
I am glad that you have found someone that can help you. You sound much better in this post. Let us know what they find out still here to support you at any time.
Tammy
 

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aggie,
I am glad that you have found someone that can help you. You sound much better in this post. Let us know what they find out still here to support you at any time.
Tammy
Thank you all! :grouphug2:
 

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Ditto, glad your feeling optomistic aggie. I think he's a wonderful man...I might see you up there :)
 

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pollianna;531756 said:
Ditto, glad your feeling optomistic aggie. I think he's a wonderful man...I might see you up there :)
I go to St Olafs House.......until my medical insurance tells me otherwise! I often wonder whether any of the patients milling around are from this forum. Anyway, glad things are progressing for you and hope you start to feel better soon.
 
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