Posted 12/9/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -6)
Dear Denita and Jennifer,
Denita, to answer your question, sometimes it can be that easy (just taking prednisone), but other times life throws you a few curveballs.
I've been diagnosed with a whole bunch of autoimmune diseases and related disorders in the past few years, including lupus and fibromyalgia. But that wasn't all there was to my story, unfortunately.
It turns out that I have Lyme disease, plus several of the "coinfections". I had no idea how big a problem Lyme is becoming in this country until I was diagnosed with it.
Lyme can both mimic and trigger lupus and fibromyalgia. People who have either or both illnesses should be tested for Lyme disease (not by the ELISA blood test, but by Western Blot), just to rule it out.
I certainly hope that neither of you have Lyme and that the doctors can get to the bottom of your pain and other symptoms quickly......it's terrible being in diagnostic limbo!
((((((((hugs)))))))) to both of you!
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac, asthma, psoriasis, adrenal fatigue, pre-diabetic, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Suprax, Malarone, Alinia, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Liothyronine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec