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A woman sought hospital treatment after suffering from a swollen hand, tiredness and aching all over. Her swelling was treated with prednisone. Over the next few years she also suffered from rashes, breathing problems, upset stomach and joint swelling. A doctor misdiagnosed her with stress and then a rheumatologist misdiagnosed her with arthritis. Her condition deteriorated and she began suffering from swollen lungs, inflamed kidneys, fatigue and blood in her urine and stools. She was treated with 20 different medications over the next two years before she was finally correctly diagnosed with lupus by a rheumatologist. The writer claims that the average time for a diagnosis is 7 to 10 years.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Toronto Free Press
About: Lupus diagnosis often takes 7 to 10 years
Date: 26 October 2004
Source: Toronto Free Press
Author: Dr W. Gifford Jones
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