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  1. Hi. I am kind of new to the site but am currently going through the pain that you are going through. My ANA was positive for scleroderma but am waiting to see the rheumatologist to start the test and everything else for that. My regular doctor also thinks that I may have Fibromyalgia. Besides the pain I also have a lot of muscle weakness. it's worse in the mornings though. I don't know what kind of advice that I can give you because I am fairly new to this myself. Although I do want to let you know that everyone here as well as this site has GREAT information. Everyone's situation is a bit dif
  2. I hope everything goes well. It's good that you found it. I am not going through any thyroid problems as of yet but do want to tell you that I am familar with them. About 8 years ago, my mother had a tumor that grew a foot long into her chest and unfortunately she had to have open chest surgery. They finally got rid of it and then about 8 months ago she finally told us that she had been hurting again for a while. My mom is stubborn and isn't one to complain or go to the doctor. She didn't want to come to terms that it possibly is back. Well, she finally went to the doctor and found
  3. I went to the doctor not too long ago because I had swelling and severe pain in the middle and right side of my stomach under my ribs. They sent me to the hospital where they did a CT scan on me and took blood work on my liver, etc. They said everything came back fine. So the doctor said they were going to send me to outpatient to have an ultrasound, gave me pain pills and sent me home. Well, my ultrasound showed that I had thickening of the gallbladder wall and that was all. So my regular doctor sent me to have this radioactive test done and it showed that my gallbladder was working corr
  4. Amanda and penny, Thank you so much for your advice and you welcome. You all have been great so far. And the humor is contagious. lol... each one of you in one way or another in your notes have said something to either make me laugh or smile. It feels good knowing that I am not going through this alone. Thank You. -Kaurie
  5. Unfortunately I do not know how long I have had this. My ANA was positive but no diagnosis when I was 7 and retested at the age of 12 and was positive then as well. I finally got my results on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 and they were SCL-70 positive. Funny thing is, it was a nurse practitioner who said my ANA was really high and she didn't understand what it meant so she walked out of the room to consult with a doctor, then came back in and told me my results. She also told me some of what it was and that she was going to get me a referral to a rheumatologist. I was expecting to go in telling m
  6. Thank you for the welcome. As of right now it's a waiting game with the rheumatologist. I have to drive 2 1/2 hours to see one and they haven't called me to schedule the appointment yet. The one closest to me wouldn't have an appointment until September and I can't wait that long. I am glad there is a lot of support here. Unfortunately, my family is in denial and won't talk to me about it yet until I have further test. I guess that is a good thing though. I don't want to have to go through the what ifs yet. Kaurie
  7. Hi everyone. I am new to this site but I am not sure where to go just to talk about what is happening to me. I'm not sure where to start but I am a 32 year old female with a family history of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. When I was 7 years old my ANA came back positive but the RA factor came back negative. So the doctors still assumed that I had rheumatoid arthritis. At the age of 12 I was seeing a rheumatologist and he said the same thing but this time with symptoms of lupus. Then my so-called arthritis went into remission for some time. I never was tested for lupus and have been wonderin
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