Chawnie, please try not to worry. You may not even have an autoimmune disease. If you do, it is possible to live an enjoyable life. You learn how to manage your side effects and flares. Autoimmune diseases are not automatic death sentances. Many people are LIVING a better, healthier life today because of newer therapies. Taking a "ONE DAY AT A TIME" approach really helps.
I have a myriad of conditions that have some of same symptoms so it is difficult to pinpoint what conditions started brewing first. Remember we are all differant and we all have differant time tables. There are no two cases alike. That is what makes it so difficult to get a diagnosis.
I'm now 61. In my late 40's, I developed migraines and achiness. At the age of 50, a MRI showed degenerative disc disease. A lumbar laminectomy was performed. Soon after, Raynaud's, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis set in. All my life, I've had trouble with insomnia.Other symptoms slowly moved in. I saw my first rheumy at age 50. My hubby's work required multiple moves, so I have seen a number of docs in differant states. My present rheumy first diagnosed me with UCTD around the end of 2007 and my diagnosis changed to MCTD in the spring of 2009. He sent me for a consult with another rheumy for a confirmation of diagnosis.
Everyone here has a differant story. No matter what comes your way, you will find you are stronger than you know. I'm living a good life and I'm happy. Living with an attitude of grattitude has really helped me.
Hang in there
You will do just fine
Fibromyalgia, Adenocarcinoma survivor, Lung Lobectomy, Heart Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension,
MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma and RA)
Raynaud's, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis,
Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Migraines
"Where there is a will, there is a way"
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 6/13/2013 7:19:05 AM (GMT-6)