Hello, my name is (here) is Achy. For years I have suffered from aches and pains, all over my body. Fatigue was a major issue, single mother of two teens, thank God for their help. The Lord blessed me in 2005 with a wonderful man who is now my wonderful husband. At time we met I was 225 lbs, and I'm only 5'2". Trust me, my husband is a looker too. He was driving his dune buggy to work one morning and this woman literally followed him to work to talk with him. Can you say psycho! Anyway, in the first 2 1/2 years together, things were good. He often would force me out of the house to go to fun things. By the end of the day, I was exhausted. Pain, pain is all I knew, but I didn't want him to think he caused me pain. To make a long story short, in 2008 I scheduled a trip to the doctor regarding the all-over pain and fatigue. After 15 vials of blood (I swear, there must be a nest of vampires nearby, I have to go get blood drawn almost twice a month, on rare occasions, I might get lucky with just one time in 30 days) my doctor gave me the news that I had Lupus. Then came more blood work, now Lupus, I am told was primary and Sjogren's is secondary. At 225 lbs, I figured dropping some weight might be beneficial. At that point, I hurt, and was tired, but I still managed to make it to work every day, Get out and do things with my children when they were home. Dieting was always a problem with me, I do not have any willpower, and therefore, I opted for the gastric bypass surgery. That surgery occurred 1 1/2 years ago. I have lost right 120 lbs. One would think the pain would have lessened. NOT. In fact, the pain has become worse; I have also been diagnosed now with Fibromyalgia. Before the gastric, I really never had flare ups, now, I have them every so often. MY old boss created A LOT of stress on me; she was out to get me fired. I was stressing over that, both of my children being in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.
I was out a lot during that time with my ex-boss, in and out of the hospital. Since she has left, I have a wonderful new boss and my kids are back home. I am really not suffering from stress, except from the pain.
Is it possible that the gastric bypass has caused my flare ups to occur more often and more severe? The following is the list of medication that I have been on for 3 1/2 years now. Plaquenil, Methylprednisolone, Nexium, Hydrocodone Elixir (because the tablet form now irritates my stomach.) Klonopin to help me sleep with the pain, which I still toss and turn at night and never can get comfortable. Recently I had to have a Dexascan (bone density scan) done since I have been on the steroids for over one year. Oh and thanks to my ex-boss, I still take xanax occasionally if I need it.
I just find it odd with things better at work, things at home are great, and my husband is truly a wonderful man. Why am I having more frequent and severe episodes? It was never this bad before. Again, I am all out of sick and annual leave. Back in March, I was transported by ambulance from my office (embarrassing) for chest pains. They found that my heart was in good shape, although I didn't pass the treadmill test, shortly after getting off the treadmill and waiting the 45 minute duration for the medication stress test to begin, I had another chest pain attack. This time I had jaw pain. The physician's assistant, who I am sure looked at my chart and saw where I take xanax, came to check me over and the first question was, "Do you suffer from anxiety?" You don't know how bad I want to smack him in his face at that moment. I know the difference between panic attack and chest pain. He had the nurse go get a pill for me. I mentioned to him that I can go days without taking any xanax and that I know this is not a panic attack. He just looked at me with a smug grin, like I said, I reallllly wanted to smack that grin off of his face.
I know I have written a novel and I do apologize. I am just curious to know if anyone else has had lupus diagnosed first, then went and had the gastric bypass surgery and if they noticed their symptoms worsening????
I would appreciate any replies...