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Getting Diagnosed

My Short Path to Diagnosis

Published on August 06, 2014 in Getting Diagnosed

I was fortunate when it came to getting diagnosed with HAE. I’d lived with HAE symptoms for as long as I could remember, but when I turned 19, my swelling incidents became more frequent and began spreading to other parts of my body. So I went to see my GP about them. My GP referred me to a rheumatologist, who then referred me to an allergist/immunologist. He ordered a screening test that indicated HAE. I had an answer to what was wrong with me in just a matter of months.

I know how blessed I was to get confirmation of what was happening to me relatively quickly. I finally felt validation for my symptoms. True, it was very concerning to receive a diagnosis for a disease with no cure. But at least I had a name for it!

Regardless of how scary an HAE diagnosis can seem, I feel better at least knowing what my loved ones and I are up against, rather than not knowing. My heart goes out to all who have struggled for so long to get help and a proper diagnosis. It is not an easy fight. I am also thankful that now there are treatment options available.

Was your path to diagnosis long or short? Please leave a comment!




[In response to Maryalice, who submitted a comment on March 08, 2015]

I appreciate you taking the time to comment, Maryalice. Although my diagnosis journey was short, I know how frustrating this process can be for many patients. Keeping a journal  of your symptoms is a great idea! Those records often become helpful resources as you continue to identify possible symptoms and triggers. You may already be working with a doctor; however, if you need to find an HAE knowledgeable doctor in your area, the HAEA has a physician referral page at www.haea.org/patients/physician-referrals.

We are our own best advocates for our health so be sure to keep seeking help and asking doctors about your symptoms.

Take care!


March 25, 2015

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FIRAZYR is prescribed to treat acute HAE attacks in adults 18 years of age and older.

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