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I first went to the rheumatologist in October and was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. My ANA was 1:640 and a RF of 6.7
She sent me home with a ton of blood work to take care of...I was seronegative for most of the blood work, but she said that she was concerned about the RA and was starting me on methrotrexate and prednisone for the pleurisy(which she said was probably the lupus). When I went back the next time she upped the metho because she didn't think it was working. I asked her how long I would have to be on meds and she said expect to be on meds for the rest of your life. I cried and then asked if both the lupus and RA were hereditary to my kids and she said yes, but she didn't think it was lupus mostly RA based on the questions she asked me.

Here are my symptoms, I won't mention the arthritis part...

hair loss, face rash on and off across the bridge of my nose, rash on chest after sun exposure, mouth sores, nose sores, raynauds phenomenon, numbness and tingling in hands, and I am sure there is more that I am forgetting thanks to my forgetfullness!

I don't know if I should press this with her again or not.

Can anyone help me please?

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