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Back in September, I? visited my primary care physician due to constant fatigue (completely unable to keep my eyes open sometimes), excessive hair loss, dry burning skin, pain around my jaw and glands, and joint pain in my feet and knees to name a few things. She ordered blood work and my ANA was positive in a relatively low titer (1:160) and my anti-ro was also positive. With these results, I? was sent to a rheumatologist for further tests and evaluation. The rheumatologist basically told me that my symptoms are not related to any possible disease but instead are related to the stress of being in college. I? find this hard to comprehend seeing as thought my symptoms began in June when I? was not in classes. I? feel as though being 20 and feeling like I’m 80 may be the reason I? am stressed and depressed and not the other way around. Should I? seek a second opinion or seek comfort in his diagnosis that it’s just “college”? Is it more likely that there is something more going on? I? am a little concerned because of the blood results and my worsening symptoms, but I? also want to trust his judgement.
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