lupis at 56???

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/29/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All
I'm new to this. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 14months ago but now the doctor is doing all sorts of tests. A Reg nurse friend of mine has mentioned LUPUS as a possibility.
I thought this was something that was diagnosed at a much younger age (I'm 56)
Am I too old to be diagnosed with LUPUS?

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   Posted 3/29/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tibbi, welcome to the group. I just got done taking a nap and came in to see what's new. I hate to break this to you but no you are not to old to get lupus. I'm 53 and I just start getting some answers around 50. Several people here are my age or a little older. However you won't get the women to admit it! LOL. Hey this disease may do a lot of things but it doesn't have the right to tell everyone our age. If you have Hashimoto's it is quite possible that you you have other autoimmune disease. The overlap quiet often. If you go through here and look at peoples signatures many times you will see they name 2 3 or 4 different things they have. Let us know what the doctor says and and don't get to freaked out. This disease does not often mean the death sentence that it used to be. and many people on the right meds live a normal life and an excellent quality of life.

keep coming ack and asking questions and keep us informed we have a large support group here.

God Bless


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   Posted 3/29/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I was 53 when I got diagnosed... I am 57 now

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   Posted 3/29/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Lupus can hit at almost any young as 6.  It is female dominated illness (9-10:1)  but I am an OLD guy and got it at 63.  Statistics are great but they don't always apply to an individual case.  It seems that hormonal changes play some kind of a role as a trigger but there are many other triggers but women in their teens and child bearing years are the most common but anyone can get lupus at any age.
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis).  Diagnosed 2005.  Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005.  Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf.  Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 25mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.

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   Posted 3/30/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother was also in her 60's when she was diagnosed.

Come on in and join us! We're a great support group and even have good advice from time to time.

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   Posted 3/30/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all of you that replied.
This is a USA based forum isn't it?
I live in Australia & couldn't get any answers. I'm still waiting for my results - can't see the doctor until Tuesday next week (he took a week off). I guess I'll know what's happening to me then.
I feel so ill - headaches, brain fog from hell, pain in joints, exhausted, weak  & a weird rash on my feet & lower legs. I don't own a memory any more but I have a brilliant "forgetery"  lol.  Still things could be worse.
Once again thank you all.

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   Posted 3/30/2010 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, this forum is based in the USA, but we have some Canadian & British members, as well as some other nationalities. I don't think Lupus has any Australian members, but I know some of the Crohns and UC members are Australian. I'd be glad to try to hook you up with them if you think it will help.

(My forgetery is pretty good, too!)
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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