I haven't heard of the nose cartilage problem, but, lupus will attack soft tissue and tendons. I'm being treated right now by a physiotherapist for my neck arthritis and bad shoulder. He really emphasized how aggressive lupus can be on our tissues. I thought it was interesting. Learned something new. So I think the possibility of this being the case for you is a good theory for sure. I would be terrified of the thought of surgery. How are you coping?
It's okay to have a pity party Donna. We all do. I'm having one right now too. Like you, it's one stupid problem after another. How much can one person take of all this? Seriously! Don't you feel like you're losing a part of your sanity? I sure do. I think the ups and downs that our moods go through are very common. I feel bi-polar some days. I just think we have an awful lot to think about daily, and life in general is stressful. Everything combines to make us really crazy some days.
I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Your body will go through these cycles of being very well, and then being really unwell for no particular reason. I'm right here with ya! I was in remission just a short time ago, now in this past 6 months it's been a nightmare. I haven't changed anything! I'm still doing the same stuff, taking the same meds, but life is totally different. That's life with lupus. It's completely unpredictable.
Just keep your support network close and handy. Do what you can to minimize stress (I wish I had a magic pill for that), and keep going to your appointments, like you already are. It'll all calm down. Patience is lupus' middle name I think.
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13
33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus