Sorry to hear you are feeling so bad at the moment. I hope I can put your mind at rest about some of your post content.
I gave my input as a person who has had SLE for over 30 years and not as a medical practitioner. Your symptoms seem to me to be the result of a bug going around or even from something you have eaten. Even food preparation can give rise to sometimes causing us to have tummy upsets as you describe.
It could also be caused as a result of taking OTC medicines. Any medicines you get from a pharmacy must be checked and double checked to make sure they don't have an interaction with prescribed meds. Even a simple cough linctus can cause lots of problems for a person with lupus.
There is a more serious take on this, which I will describe here but as I say only from my own experience of having lupus.
There is something which is termed as 'acute abdomen'. This is a condition that describes the sudden onset of tummy/abdominal pain. A variety of serious problems can cause this condition. You should see your doctor immediately if you develop acute abdomen. Things to look out/be aware of include the following :
Abdominal pain that may be severe and radiate throughout the abdominal area. Nausea, vomiting, or even loss of appetite. Change in usual bowel movements.
- Sorry about that one. Very serious is vomiting blood or blood in the stool.
If you have any of the above you must go as soon as possible to see your doctor and describe exactly how you are feeling and describe you syptoms thoroughly.
Having said that, I am only giving that information as a guideline to a more serious look at what is happening to you. I would explore also the points raised earlier in my reply to your post.
You asked about lupus and fibro. I too have fibro which is classed as secondary to my SLE. Lots of people with lupus do have fibro, but in the main there are a lot of people with fibro who don't have lupus. It is not something that is a given when you have lupus. Lots of other people with lupus don't have fibro - so the two don't go hand in hand.
I don't take pain meds because I have had heart attacks and heart surgery, plus other surgeries and have other medical conditons and disabilities. I am on so many toxic meds that I cannot be prescribed painkillers as they interact with each other and would cause major problems for me. That is only what would happen to me though. I know lots of people who do take pain meds for lupus and also take meds for fibro which are mainly muscle relaxants which encourage good sleep which in turn makes the pressure point pain and so on of fibro a little more bearable.
Sorry it has been such a long post, but I don't come on here now as much as I used to and wanted to be of much help as possible to you.
Take care, goldenwings