If you are not feeling well and something feels “off,” use the Could It Be Lupus? interactive questionnaire to help figure out the next steps. If your symptoms are related to lupus, or you are at risk for lupus you should talk with your health care provider about lupus. You can use this symptom tracker to start keeping tabs on what you’ve been going through. It doesn’t have to be just how you feel today – if you experienced symptoms a week ago, month ago, write it down.
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms (one or more) it’s time to schedule an appointment to talk to your health care provider. We’ve developed this guide to help you prep for your appointment and effectively communicate how you’ve been feeling.
Your health care provider will be able to help you understand your symptoms and figure out the best care plan. Lupus isn’t always easy (or quick) to diagnose. There isn’t one test that can diagnose lupus. That’s why it is so important to take notice and make that appointment. Remember – the earlier you get diagnosed, the better it is for your long-term health. There are specialists (called rheumatologists) who focus on autoimmune diseases and can help develop a plan specifically for you.
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Aside from writing down your symptoms and talking to your health care provider (a must), it’s important to learn more about what may be going on. The Internet can feel like a bottomless pit of information, so we’ve pulled together a list of the best resources to start with. Knowledge is power, and we want you be fully equipped.