Greetings Melissa! Welcome. I am so sorry you are dealing with such a terrible disease at such a young age. My daughter is almost your age and, like Patty said, you are much too young. Your rheumy sounds very focussed, however, and I hope you start feeling better very soon. You are young and I know it is hard to "get out" if you are uncomfortable about
the water retention and with how your clothes fit. Maybe you could put on some nice, comfortable sweats and at least go to a movie with a friend? It helps to get your mind off things for awhile and this is why everyone is trying to encourage you to get out some. You have a whole new set of friends here, too, so you can come here often and complain, cheer successes, gripe, be happy, be sad, or whatever with us! Again, welcome! Audrey Ann
Diagnosis: Lupus and RA
Medications: Plaquenil (400 mg), Relafen, Methotrexate Injections, Folic Acid, Aldactizide for High Blood Pressure, Lipitor for High Cholesterol, Actonel for Osteopenia, and Allegra & Patonel Eye Drops for Allergies.