Just looking for opinions
I am 62 years old and have had one odd medical issue after another for the last couple of years. These include: gout, gastric issues, dry eyes, edema in my legs and feet (which occurred after I was prescribed anti-gout medications, lol), FUOs, intensive fatigue, fingers that suddenly turn white with cold, rashes, pain in my ankles and knees and - most recently - an apparent allergic reaction to an antibiotic prescribed for an asymptomatic bladder infection. Could also be to a nasal inhaler prescribed from my long-term allergies. I am currently covered with hives. I really think I have some sort of autoimmune condition and lupus is an option. I'm not a hypochondriac: I have the highest pain threshold known to man and once broke three toes, taped them together and went to work. I think I need to see a rheumatologist, but my Doctor hasn't suggested it yet. Insurance won't pay for anything without a referral. Should I push the envelope and insist? I really don't have a great quality of life any more and I would like to feel better.