Oh, I feel your pain. These unmasked looks of your condition are so very hard to live with, but so necessary. I'm glad your rheumy is doing this. I think you'll get some profound answers.
Yes. Brain fog is incredibly prevalent in Lupus. I think we all have it in varying degrees!
Your freezing hands, feet and nose is probably Raynaud's Phenomenon. Very common in Lupus. Same with the cracking/popping joints. I often refer to myself as having a Rice Krispie body!
Also to note, the Raynaud's, brain fog, and the joint issues can also be Fibromyalgia. Ask your rheumy to give you the physical test for Fibromyalgia. He'll press on certain places to gage if you have a lot of pain. Ever feel like your body is one big bruise? Or if you bump into something, does it hurt like heck? Fibro is very prevelant in Lupus, MCTD, UCTD, Sjogren's, and amazingly, GERD is a symptom of Fibro too!
Make sure you ask about it. Just to be sure. Let us know how you make out okay?
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35 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety, Chinook migraines. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus
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