(((((((( Vicky ))))))))))
I'm so sorry you have multiple dx's . . .but so glad they have identified your issues. I hope the pred works magic for you Vicky. It really can.
Meanwhile . . . have they started you on plaquenil ? Not sure if they will use that, given that you have stomach issues. It can be hard on the stomach initially (causes queezieness). But it really helps to quiet things and can be taken indefinitely (with regular eye exams to monitor occasional side affects). But it takes several months to build in the system, so the pred is used as a fire extinguisher and the plaquenil to keep things quiet in the long term.
I'm sorry you'll be facing surgery. It sounds, though, like it might be better than what you are dealing with now. I'll be watching for your updates.
Some hot tea for you sis!!
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