Chatty is good, what we are here for. Wish I could type as fast as I can talk. 1st, hot baths or showers shouldn't be taken alone! Tee Hee, but truly, those symptoms are scarey combinations of serious things; low blood pressure from the heat(vasodilation) and/or inflammed arteries that are common in systemic lupus, again resulting in vasodilation, which often results in fainting, impaired temperature regulating from inflammation in your head, and the high risk of hitting your head from falling or just simply slipping. My rule about family nearby and phone on stool in reach came about from an embarrassing reality of nearly passing out in the tub, and being, literally, unable to get out of it. I came really close to calling EMS. As much as I love heat, I have had to limit my hot baths and jacuzzi sits. I find I can sneak one in when my lupus isn't flaring so much, but take quick showers mostly. My muscle weakness, my noodle arms and legs, happens alot, too. Also, "plumbing" problems with diarrhea can have many reasons, stress, a diet change or food allergy, lack of adequate fiber to hold water, an expected side effect from any one of MANY drugs, or simply because of inflammation. Our intestines are lined with mucus, and have an amazing blood supply for the purpose of digestion and elimination. Poop can be green, like in an infection, bloody, like in a lupus flare or Crohn's Disease, watery brown from food poisoning, (think Aunt Tillie's potato salad left on the patio all night), or mucusy from any combination of the above. And in lupus, inflammation is the foundation for most all our misery! Which is why managing a flare is so important. I know just what you mean about going stir crazy, but being too sick to do anything else! Hey, do you have any pets? My dog and 2 cats are such a comfort to me. My schnoodle will pick things up for me so I don't have to get up or bend over. I feel like I am losing my mind alot, and, I usually get an infection or pneumonia every 6-8 months, too. Which happens to people with lupus alot, we are often on immunosuppressive meds to help, and our immune system is in hyperdrive normally, not differentiating our own tissue from invading viruses or bacteria, so we get sicker, oftener and worser! hugs,
suetoo p.s. I wonder why my dog won't fetch me my mind whenever I lose it?????
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, Piroxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily and Paxil, Ambien every night.