Welcome! Sorry to hear about
your medical issues....but it's good that you're actively researching your symptoms while going to the doctor for tests. I'm relatively new here myself and do not have a firm diagnosis of lupus at this time, but my doctor is leaning towards lupus as the explanation for some of my current symptoms.
My symptoms....hmmmm. With me it's complicated because I have so many autoimmune diseases. But I started feeling that something was wrong because I had been feeling pretty good on my current meds and suddenly I was exhausted again, plus I had the classic lupus malar rash on my face (butterfly-shaped red rash across cheeks and bridge of nose), and in recent bloodwork I had a high level of anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies. In addition I've had nosebleeds and a low-grade fever (between 99.8 and 100.7) off and on for a few weeks.
I asked my rheumatologist if I might have lupus and he agrees that this is a distinct possibility. I'm waiting for my latest bloodwork to come back, but he's started me on Plaquenil in the meantime, so apparently he's pretty sure lupus is the culprit.
I see him again at the end of the month, so I'll probably know more then...
Good luck to you! Please keep us posted about
Autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Reynaud's syndrome. Possible lupus and/or Sjogren's Syndrome - diagnoses pending.
Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Mirapex, Prilosec
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