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   Posted 7/15/2007 3:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been told some people never have symptoms is this true? how did you get diagnosed? if you don't mind sharing..

.I go to my 1st rheumy appt July 25 I am very nervous and scared.....I already have diabetic neuropathy and some days I can barely move ...My fear is I will get worse and maybe be in a wheelchair sooner that I ever dreamed. I have a lot of headaches, sore muscles and tons of joint pain, stiff hands in the am, shoulder pain turning over at night is a major chore,
IBS flair ups often, the list goes on and on and I am so scared and depressed sometimes I cry all husband doesn't know how to cope and I don't know how to cope with his alcoholism he just went 45 days no drinking but this week he slipped and has been drinking for 4 days and it scares me for many reasons he is a heart patient.....and this stress makes my symptoms flair up more than usual....

Help Any suggestions

Love from Texas,

Bi-polar Depressive, PTSD, SAD, Sleep Apnea ,Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, possible Lupus or something


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   Posted 7/15/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Sheryl, I haven't heard of too many people who didn't have any lupus symptoms before being diagnosed. Usually there is something that brings a person to the doc who then will run some labs. From what I've heard, lupus kidney involvement can often be pretty silent - there is usually no pain when lupus affects the kidneys.

I really hope your rheumy appointment goes well and that you get a great rheumy the first time around. Try not to get too discouraged if you don't get a diagnosis right away - sometimes it takes a while. For some people it doesn't take too long, but for others it can take several years. It can be a long and frustrating process, but hopefully you'll get some answers fairly soon.

I'm sorry to hear that your husband had a relapse - hopefully he'll get right back on track - does he have a support system like AA to help him get back on track? You are right that lots of stress can make symptoms flair, so I imagine all of this is causing your symptoms to flare up.

Hang in there and know that we are here for you. Gentle ((((hugs))))

Take care
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
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   Posted 7/15/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry you're going through such a difficult time. Dealing with your health is hard enough, and for your hubby to have relapsed makes things doubly difficult. I read in another post that you have prepared a journal to show your rheumy when you go on the 25th. That's such a great idea and will show your rheumy that you're prepared to work hard to help him figure out what's wrong with you and give you a diagnosis. Ten days may seem like an eternity to wait, but it will be here before you know it. I'm happy you have joined our little family here. Take care and let us help whenever we can.


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   Posted 7/15/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sheryl,

   I'm sorry to hear your going through so much right now. I hope your appt goes well on the 25th and you will be getting more definate answers soon. I think most of us can understand the fear of the unknown....(((Hugs))). I wish you all the best with the new doctor and hope things change with your husband soon. Hang in there and keep us updated. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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