Thank you! I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle and always have in the past--plenty of exercise and activities all day, healthy eating, etc.. but recently I was put on an IC diet which cuts out the majority of fruits and foods that I was used to eating (I can eat blueberries, melon, and pears) which is something at least but very strict on no tomotos, onions, acids, potassium, etc.. really strict. So I am just adjusting to that and planning to meet with a dietician or nutritionist to help me plan healthy meals under the circumstances (also since my husband is diabetic to find meals that are compatible for us and the children). I honestly don't sleep well. I am up a lot due to the IC which keeps me running every hour or two--so that is a problem but not one I can do much about
at the moment until the treatments kick in a little better (they say probably around 4 months but I feel hopeful it could be sooner according to others' testimonies to their own treatments).
I am going to see a rheumatologist if my insurance will allow me at this point, but my biggest question is whether the symptoms I had mentioned sound like non-specific autoimmune reaction or closer to lupus? What struck me when they told me that I might have it is that the one thing that has consistently helped me was corticosteroids and that seems to help others with it...?! But then again steroids can help other conditions too... I just really want to find out exactly what is wrong so I can tackle it head on and get better. I am trying hard to get back to normal but am just so tired all the time, in so much pain, and the swollen stomach makes it like I am pregnant but not--so hard to bend--housework, etc... I thought I would ask first to see if it is worth going through a whole round more of tests with the doctors on this as I am sick of doctors, treatments, hospitals, and medicines at this point--but if that is the root cause of the IC and other issues, then obviously I need to do it so I can get it all over with. Thank you for your time.