I woke up feeling kind of achy this morning and a little swollen so I went for a swim in the pool, which was cool and felt great. I had on a straw hat, 100spf on my arms and a UV protection shirt. Now, I feel absolutely horrible with joint pain, muscle aches and fatigue. My dermatologist told me to cut back to 200 mgs of plaquenil about 6 weeks ago and boy I wish I hadn't done that. I didn't even use my shoulders swimming but they are killing me. I took 2 advils and now wish I had taken 1/2 a loritab. Might still go take one. Sometimes, it's the only relief I get. And, I do not have the diagnosis of lupus, I just have a positive ANA, slightly positive RF, high sed rate. Doc thinks it is MCTD....
So, how much sun protection do I need to insure I won't feel bad? I didn't have sun screen on my legs b/c I was in the pool. I was outside of the pool for about 15 minutes at the most. Could that little exposure be making me feel bad? Thanx for listening to me vent......I've been really grumpy lately also with back to back UTI's. Does this happen with AI diseases too?
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well, Colon resection Nov. 2010, now in remission!
inflammator arthritis, type 2 d, asthma, skin scleroderma, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, nexium, synthroid, plaquenil, lactose intolerant, benicar
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA. Positive ANA speckled pattern 1:180, high sed r