Thanx realisticchic & JustMe74
Chikungunya is a viral disease that created an epidemic last year in the Indian ocean. My mother thought she had it since September, as most people in Mauritius had contracted it. It is carried by mosquitoes, has no cures and IS NOT lethal in healthy adults. It shares several symptoms with lupus, if not most (severe joint pains, mouth sores etc). It can go on for a whole year
That's what I suppose triggered the lupus too (viral fever).
I believed her when she said it was only Chikungunya, until a few days before she passed away, when the doctor confirmed the lupus diagnosis.
How incredibly unfair that all these coincidences should lead to such a tragic outcome. At midnight, an hour before she died, I was in my room checking the symptoms of Chikungunya versus those of Lupus, holding on to the hope that it might be the former....and was looking through the ANA tests once more (a first negative one and a second positive one) to show to the lab guy (coming to our house to take her blood samples) for more tests the next day. She was only 44 and was taken so suddenly.
I did not want to post such a sad news on the Lupus board, but I read enough about Lupus to know now that it is difficult to diagnose, but that it can be treated when diagnosed early. That was not my mothers' case: there is not enough information to educate people about this disease, in my country and elsewhere. I told my cousins and aunts about it in the hope that they can see the signs well before it gets serious.
Here are the more detailed information that I got on the internet: http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/topic564.htm http://radiographics.rsnajnls.org/cg.../24/4/1069.pdf