Hi Everyone; I'm sorry I'm always so "out of the loop" - I have returned to work pretty much full time, and it's a teaching job, so it takes a lot of planning time, too. Fortunately, my bosses are very cool, and have given me a different job, where I work with smaller groups of kids from grades 7-10, instead of managing entire classes of 30 7th graders. The variety is fun, the setting less stressful, and although I still have to lesson plan for two of my classes (a 10th grade, and a general High School class, open to all high schoolers), I don't have to write as many comments!! http://www.healingwell.com/community/emoticons/smile.gif
I am going in for my Kidney biopsy on the 15th, finally, as my bleeding time is finally down to 9 minutes -- before, it was up to 18. This means that my platelettes are starting to work properly - which is good. The bleeding test is a small test where they cut you a little and see how long it takes for your blood to clot on its own. Anyway, all the blood tests indicate that I'm getting better, but the doctors still want to see how damaged my kidneys are from the recent "Lupus Nephritis" development that went after all my organs in September, and laid me up for over 6 weeks. I've been trying to "get ready" for this by being in good touch with all my doctors - I go in to their various offices once or twice a weeks, it seems, to get blood work done, and I've tried to change my eating habits to follow their suggestions. (One GP who I saw a few times has told me at least 3 times that I "will most likely develop heart disease very soon". Fortunately, his schedule does not coincide with mine, so I'm going to have to try a new GP. I appreciate his concern, if that's what it is, but his manner is pretty careless and thoughtless.)
Anyway, I told you all that so you can see I'm pretty busy and probably have enough to worry about. I do tend to get TOO busy, although I'm trying not to.
Here's my real question:
I have gotten my period 3 times now in the last 5 weeks. This has never happened before. Do you think it could be caused by all the stress and medications I'm on? I really don't want to go into yet one more doctor's office to discuss this - just taking the time to see the doctors I've been seeing is stressful enough - taking that time and effort. I didn't even take the dates of my last periods, but did mark on my calendar the one I just got, and I can start to keep track now. I'm just hoping someone can reassure me that it's probably ok to wait on this one. Maybe it's not..... and maybe I just need to make yet another appointment for after work. These make for very long days, but I can't take any more days off! I've already "borrowed" sick days from myself for the next 2 years!
I'm 33, and have always had relatively regular periods most my whole life..... except maybe the first 2-3 years of getting periods. I'd like to wait one more time, to see if it can work itself out, but I don't want to TOO careless.
Diagnosed with Sjogrens in 1993, Raynauds and Vasculitis in 2001, and Lupus in 2004. Recent serious flare-up of Lupus Nephritis. Current Medications: Prednisone 20-30 mg alternating, with Plaquenil 400mg, plus now a couple of meds for high blood pressure (from the Lupus Nephritis) and one for the heartburn they give me.
A medication for anti-anxiety, a sleeping pill, and percoset are all taken as well, as needed.