Like Hippi said, researchers have been looking into the genetic predispostion to AI diseases for some time. Sometimes, especially when I'm really sick, it doesnt seem liek they are researching fast enough. I have not been officially dx yet but my rheumy and neurologist have both said that it is Lupus, I also have Crohns and Sjogrens. My rheumy relocated his practice to FL, so I had to find another and hoepfully will not have to start all over again. My brother has a terminal case of Polycystic Kidney Disease (highly genetic) and my mother at 55 has a severe case of Osteoporosis and peripheral neuropathy (also genetic). How much of all of this is true genetics, or maybe even environmental?? We were born and raised within ten miles of all of the nuclear reactors in Oak Ridge, TN. Who knows... all we can do now is try to do everything we can to stay rested and manage our diseases.
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections; Darvocet, starting Plaquenil in Feb.