Hi Jennia,Welcome to HealingWell and the CFS message board! I'm sorry to hear you are having these problems with your health. But still glad to meet you anyway .I can make a couple of comments on your questions. First, I am under the impression that chronic fatigue is a symptom Lupus. Being newly diagnosed, you may not have made much progress on educating yourself about it. So I would encourage you to learn as much as you can learn about Lupus. It will be invaluable to you in the future, in terms of making decisions about treatments, and just to understand what's going on with your body. If you do find that chronic fatigue is not a symptom of Lupus, please post here and let me know. I would hate to be giving out incorrect info (Lupus patients do post questions here from time to time).Second, people with CFS have a higher incidence of autoimmune illnesses, than the general poplulation. And Lupus is an autoimmune illness. So it IS possible to have Lupus AND CFS.I don't understand your Dr trying to blame your fatigue on depression, if you're not actually feeling depressed--unless he does think you're depressed, and used the fatigue complaint to get you to take the antidepr. As far as I know, there is no reason to think that someone is depressed, just because they are fatigued. There are a number of symptoms that one must have, to receive a diagnosis of depression.Gosh Jennia, I would just really encourage you to do a couple of things--1)Educate yourself about Lupus, and about Depression, maybe even about CFS (HealingWell would be an excellent place to start); and 2)Pin your Dr down on several questions, such as--Isn't fatigue a symptom of Lupus? Can someone be depressed if their only symptom is fatigue? Can someone have both CFS and Lupus? etc. While it IS true that people with chronic illnesses often become depressed, it really does sound to me, based on the info you have provided, that your Dr has not told you everything. My goodness, antidepressants carry as much risk as any other medication, when prescribed inappropriately! Not only that, but antidepr can have fatigue as a side effect!!I hope some of this info helps, and that you can sort out some of these things pretty soon, Jennia. Good luck. Keep us posted. And take good care.
Hi there. I have been diagnosed with Lupus and with CFS, and I have been reading through the postings here looking for answers. What do I do if I am tired all the time, but sleeping at night is not easy for me? I take klonopin for GAD, and I understand it also helps other things as well. My legs hurt me at night, like I need to stretch them all the time. I can usually fall asleep (although it takes me awhile) and then I am awake in the middle of the night and it's all about rolling the dice on whether I'll fall asleep again or not! I desperately want to sleep because I feel like being well rested would help me.
I am seeing my pschiatrist on Thurday, can anyone tell me what kind of questions to ask him? What should I be looking for? I do have a rheumy, but she said to continue seeing the psychiatrist and they would be contact with each other. Any advice, direction, encouragement, would be greatly appreciated!
Post Edited (brynn) : 11/16/2004 4:20:14 AM (GMT-7)