I've had my share of health problems, starting when I was 11 and came down with hepatitis. I was complaining of feeling bad for 2 months before my folks took me seriously. At age 14 my left foot swelled up like a balloon and was so tender that I couldn't walk on it and cried when the sheet touched it, so my mother put a shoe box under the sheet so nothing would touch my foot. I had exploratory surgery and the doctor didn't find anything, so he removed some tissue, sent it to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (we were living abroad) and they found nothing wrong. I had amoebic dissentary, and always felt like I had a weak immune system.
As a young adult I had benign breast tumors, cancer of the cervix, thyroid cancer, and later a miscarriage, hysterectomy, and most of the typical femal problems.
I have always had a propensity to come down with whatever cold or flu that was going around and it was always harder for me to recover.
My former mother-in-law, with whom I've always been very close, has told me that she remembers all the flares I've had since my early 30's that were never diagnosed. She thinks I've always had lupus.
My rheumy, when I told her about my childhood, and particularly the swollen foot agrees. She believes that my swollen foot was due to lupus. In fact she told me at my last visit that I've probably had lupus all my life.
This is an interesting topic Sandspoker. And here I am at age 58 and have only been diagnosed for a couple of years even though I've been going to rheumy's telling them that I thought I had lupus for twenty years.
What I find interesting is the people is folks like Lu and Hippi who have children with autoimmune problems. My mother had lupus and my 19 year old daughter has a positive ANA, renaud's and chronic strep throat.
Thanks for starting this greata topic Sandspoker.
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, cymbalta, tramadol, lunesta, actonel, meridia, tricor, aciphex, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin