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Old 11-11-2003, 09:13 PM   #1
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where can i learn more about lupus?

i am 47 almost 48 yrs old
since last may i have had unbearable fatigue
i have been tested for many things and now the doctor says she thinks she should test me for sleep apnea, lupus and MS

i do not know why she chose these three things- well sleep apnea i understand, but why lupus? is exhaustion a symptom of lupus?

i do not really have any other symptoms to speak of , or if i do they are so minor as to not bother me

thanks in advance for any suggestions

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Old 11-12-2003, 11:32 AM   #2
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hello Althea and welcome to the board

Extreme fatigue is the number one complaint for people with Lupus. As for the sleep apnea, I am unsure its link to Lupus. I think that your doctor is smart for testing you with Lupus. Sometimes our blood work is negative until we start showing other symptoms like the rashes, joint pain and swelling and sun sensitivity. I posted a list of symptoms in this forum if you want to check it out. You have to think back over the years and see what kinds of things you have had happen health wise. Do you have a history of isolated inflammation episodes? (Like kidney inflammation from an infection). Sometimes it can take years for Lupus to really kick into gear and become a real pain in the rear. Early detection is nice, so if you have it then its great to get treated right away. And lots of people with Lupus do not have the rash! I really hope that your doctor can get you sorted out soon. You are more than welcome to post your questions here if you like! Take care


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