Since lupus affects each patient differently, treatment plans are tailored to meet each individual’s needs. The key to diagnosis and treatment is teamwork and the lupus patient is the most important member of that team.
Consider this: A lupus patient may see a dermatologist for a rash and go to a primary care physician for chronic fatigue. That same patient may see a rheumatologist for joint pain. If the patient doesn’t keep track of all symptoms, doctor visits, tests, and prescriptions and share that information with every doctor, some tests may be repeated unnecessarily and an accurate diagnosis may be delayed. The sooner a patient is diagnosed, the sooner appropriate treatment can begin.