What will the doctor do?

Go see a doctor or other health professional. He or she will talk to you and take a history of your health problems. Many people have lupus for a long time before they find out they have it. It’s important that you tell your healthcare team about your symptoms. This information, along with a physical examination and the results of laboratory tests, helps a medical professional decide whether you have lupus or something else.
A rheumatologist (ROOM-uh-TALL-uh-jist) is a doctor who specializes in treating diseases that affect the joints and muscles, like lupus. You may want to ask your regular healthcare provider for a referral to a rheumatologist. In some cases, a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating diseases that affect the skin, may be involved in diagnosis and treatment. No single test can show that you have lupus. Your healthcare team may have to run several tests and study your medical history. It may take time to diagnose lupus.