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How can I prepare for an appointment to diagnose SLE?

Before you see your doctor, make a list of all of your symptoms, even those that do not seem to be related to your systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. Your doctor will need to know when you first noticed symptoms and how long your symptoms seem to last. You will need to tell your doctor about any recent life changes you have undergone, especially if they were stressful.

Make a list of any prescription medications, supplements, and vitamins you are currently taking or have taken in the past. You should also make a list of current and past medical conditions. Your doctor will need to know about your family medical history, especially for autoimmune disorders. Enlisting a family member or friend to come to the appointment with you might be helpful.

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