Posted 8/3/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)
My heart just breaks for you Geri. It's not all in your head. Though I admit I've been where you are, thinking that I'm imagining all of this, but it's very real. When I was first sick with lupus, people thought I was suffering from depression. It's such an invisible disease. You don't need the added stress of beating yourself up.
I don't know whether or not you have lupus, but you certainly do have the symptoms most of us suffer from. I hope you have a good doctor and that your appointment today goes well. Just remember, it often takes years for these diseases to be diagnosed, so don't despair. Hopefully your doctor will give you something to help make you feel better. You're way to young to have to suffer like this.
I do hope you have given up gluten. A gluten free diet is not as hard to follow as one might thing. I've done it and it made me feel much better within about a week. If you'll google "gluten-free diet" you'll find lots of articles, advice, and recipes that will help.
Stick around. You don't have to have lupus to be on this forum, and many folks here have more than one AI disease. There are a couple of girls here that are your age and I'm sure they can offer you support and that you can relate to each other. We are all here to help, support and listen, and we rant and complain whenever we feel like it and everyone understands.
Please let us know how your appointment went.
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.
prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, tri-est, cymbalta, tricor, acifex