Posted 12/5/2007 10:14 PM (GMT -6)
Mommy25 - Sorry to hear about your struggles. It may be the beginning stages of lupus or another inflammatory disease or it may be coincedental. Originally, I had similar symptoms and also neurological symptoms. It took years to develop into diagnosed lupus although the doctors felt it may have been borderline lupus. Turns out they were right, but it could have turned out they were wrong. I suggest having your ANA's checked and get some bloodwork done to see if is a possible connective tissue disease or some thing else. My ANA's original showed a slight rise but it now is much higher. This disease is tricky and mimics other diseases. For me it had to hit multiple organs and CNS changes before I received a diagnosis. After that, one month they would say lupus and the next not. Finally, there is no denying the lupus diagnosis, but it is 11 years later now and I have a more severe case. Even if it suggests lupus, you may have a mild version of the disease. Some have it mild others more severe, and unfortunately, no one ever knows which way the disease will develop. I would just do the preliminary tests and keep it in the back of your mind as a possibility. Also start documenting every time your are diagnosed with something no matter how mild or severe. Eventually, it will start painting a picture of what disease or non-disease is present. It doesn't hurt to be proactive.
Congratulations on the new comer. Sounds like you will have your hands full, if not already so. You have been truly blessed by the large family and I pray your health will be blessed as well. Wish you the best - Kristin
Dx: Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - Mitral valve sclerosis, MVP/regurg, dementia; GERD; vision loss, narcolepsy, RA, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, inflam. liver/spleen. Rx: Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin Previous-rashes, hemi-pelagic migraine, sensory loss, amnesia, PTSD/Dep., host of neuro problems, pregnancy compl., False pos. syphilis, fine speck & homogen ANA; IgM; staph/strept infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, Hashimoto's, dyspnea, hyper/hypotension, lipedemia, ulcers, pneumonia, anemia, Scleroderma symptoms, vein swelling, etc.