Welcome to the forum DQueen!!
So sorry you are having to deal with all of this at such a young age. I'm so glad you found us. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I am mildly affected with connective tissue and intestinal involvement. . . so not real sick like most here.
Hypochondriac????? He he he he . . . before I was dx'd, I used to 'sneak' naps in the basement. I would go down and throw in a load of laundry and take a nap. I had some great ways to fit in my naps. Then, when I finally realized there was REALLY something wrong, I didn't hide my naps anymore. LOL
Just want to encourage you that you WILL get to know what is YOUR new 'normal'. You'll learn how to pace yourself so that you don't cause unnecessary flares too. That's been a huge help for me. I've learned how to ration my emotional energy. I naturally tend to want to 'help' people with things . . . and I've learned ways to help w/o making myself sick. . . and I've learned how to say "no" graciously when I really can't help.
You'll find lots of amazing folks here and I've learned a lot from reading and posting here.
There are some links at the end of my signature that you might find helpful.
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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