so tired!! help

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the gasser
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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 3/14/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure if I have a true autoimmune DX or not yet. I had a positive ANA and anti RNP ( but very low anti RNP). I have had some vague symptoms ( swollen glands, achey legs and knees, weird numbness in my elbows and arms during night, night sweats, low grade temps) but now most of these SX are gone except I am so tired all the time. I feel like i live on caffeine which i know is a bad cycle but i truely feel like i can;t do it without it! I do work full time plus at a demanding a stressful job as well as havee 2yr old to chase, so I'm not sure if my faitgue is normal or a SX. I feel like it is a tired that lives deep inside me, never gets better with sleep. Also, curious to know if Paquinil helps with this fatigue? Not on any meds yet just seeing my Rheumy every 3mo for labs. WE were waiting to see how things progressed b/c I'd like to get pregnant again soon, hopfully. ( if I have the energy for it) I am able to get up everyday and live my life but i just always feel like it takes more work than it should.

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   Posted 3/14/2011 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Your symptoms sound like lupus or something similar.  Fatigue goes with the disease in almost all cases and can be debilitating.  Suggest that you postpone having a baby until you get a diagnosis and find out if treatment can stabilize or improve your symptoms.  Others can address the specific issues of pregnancy and lupus better than I can but you should be cautious until you are diagnosed and treated.

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 3/15/2011 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a three year old to chase and man, do they have a lot of energy! I always feel like when I am tired, she is fired up. Oh well. I agree you should be cautious with trying to get pregnant, but if you're not on any meds and your doctor(s) are on board with it then I guess it's fine. I've heard pregnancy can make autoimmune stuff either better or worse and it's hard to tell which it will be until you are there and find out. There is an autoimmune board on which might be of help to you.

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