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Dermatologist Wouldn't Due A Biopsy. :-@ (X Post...sorry Didn't Know There Was A Dh Board)
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NP said "well if the blood test were negative? then why test?" 

 

Hmmmmm how about you should biopsy a persistent skin rash in general before you go prescribing medication??? So then the doctor comes in and says she has two other patients with DH and my rash is not the areas that DH presents. Really...currently on face, neck, back, scalp...scars on arms and chest from past issues??? Not many other areas left???

 

Scolding me for scratching...that's why they aren't healing...use this medication for 14 days so the areas can heal. Ok...so I ask...this will heal the areas, but will it stop new spots from developing? "If new spots occur put medication on them and DON'T SCRATCH". Ok so if medication is so strong I can only use it for 14 days...what happens after that? 

 

It's like I'm asking for a full body scan or something radical and expensive???? Skin biopsy...in office procedure.

 

So do I try to find another doctor...I mean how do you know until you get there? I don't want to waste more time and $ going to doctors who will refuse to actually DX something...I say that again because why not biopsy to see WHAT it is...of course by her ignorance on the matter I figured she'd have not done the biopsy correctly anyway. 

 

OR do I just cut out gluten and see what happens? I haven't gone back to GI yet because I was going to see what the skin biopsy results were. He was certain it was "just IBS" but at least he ordered the Celiac panel which was negative. 

 

PCP in FL (I'm back in OH), is concerned with SED rate of 65, normal is under 20...she wants to know what my doctors here are saying is the reason...um yeah the doctors HERE suck and have not said anything about...she would like it checked again got see if it's still high. I told her I'd try...but doctors around here don't seem to like educated patients.

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