Welcome to our forum TAS-MS/Lupus. You are not the first person who has come to our forum who has had MS and another diagnosis. I know neurologists treat MS, but I hope that you are also seeing a rheumatologist. They are the Docs who diagnose and treat autoimmune diseases. Many Lupies had fibromyalgia before Lupus and Lupus is not diagnosed by just an antibody. Please refer to our Lupus 101 at the top of our page for the criteria used to diagnosis Lupus. BTW I also see a rheumatologist and a neurologist, but I see my neurologist for short term memory loss and balance. I also had to take the Family Medical Leave Act and I know how incredibly hard it is going back to work.
As for your real problem, if you do have Lupus or MS and fibromyalgia they often completely change your life. Many Lupies go through the stages of grief over having lost their previous life, but while you are struggling your rheumatologist should be treating your fibromyalgia and/or Lupus. Their goal is to keep you working as long as possible using medications for your illness and pain management. Some meds work quickly and others take a few months to work, but you should get relief and be able to go back to work for a while. Please check our fibromyalgia forum too. There is hope! Please let us know how you're feeling and if you have any questions please ask. Love, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, anxiety; CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency); IVIG infusion monthly; Hypertension; Osteoarthritis of the spine, right knee, fingers, toes; Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: Better living through chemistry