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I have a Dr. appointment tomorrow because I have a sore throat (which I always do but right now it's more irritated), a little phlegm, extreme fatigue (more so than usual), knee pain that won't go away and a tiny gland in my groin that is slightly tender.


How do doctors determine if one has an infection if the white blood count is low because of being on an immunosuppressant? Just wondering if I should request anything in particular.

I'm not trying to play Dr. but you know how it is when you have sclero. Everything's different.




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Hey Tangie:


Miss you. If it's your normal general practitioner and he's aware of your Sclero status, you should feel confident in his decision. By all means, question him if you feel uncomfortable or need more information. I find that my rheumatologist seems to be more on the ball than my general practitioner.


Keep us posted or drop me an email. Tender feeling in the groin area is generally some sort of infection, but I'm sure a good dose of antibiotics and you'll be on your way to enjoying walks with the little ones.







It is what it is...........

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Hey Jen,




In most cases a provider is able to tell, just by physical exam and presenting symptoms. He/she can always take a swab from your throat to culture and see what "grows" to give it a definitive name.




Let me know what happens.

Warm and gentle hugs,



ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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