I keep wondering if I have Lupus as well. I haven't officially been diagnosed with either Lupus or CFIDS (although my dr treats me as though I have CFIDS). My symptoms seem to overlap both. My doctor is a specialist in CFS/Fibro/Immune diseases/Hormone imbalances.
So far, she is treating each system as they start showing affects of whatever is going on systemically. First, adrenal insufficiency. Then low BP/orthostatic hypotension. Headaches, joint aches. Then hypothyroidism. And now muscle aches in shoulders/upper back. Not to mention, never-ending fatigue and non-refreshing sleep. Oh yeah - and I have extreme sun sensitivity that causes rashes, muscle weakness, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and tingling/achy hands.
Currently protein levels in my blood are low, so we've just done further testing that I'm waiting for results on.
The only thing that makes me wonder if this isn't auto-immune related is that my body is immune deficient. Immunoglobulin levels are low, I have systemic yeast (an opportunistic infection), I have chronic sinusitus, and I catch every cold or bug going around. Also had cancer show up just 1 year ago (surgically removed).
If anyone has any insights or similar experiences, I would be very interested to hear your thoughts.
Post Edited (TeddyBearHugs) : 1/26/2012 11:03:50 PM (GMT-7)