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Lupus board


Hello. I hate to bother you all. I tooled around in here a bit before I decided to post....

I have been really sick for the last year & recently doctors are thinking I may have some sort of autoimmune disorder, possibly Lupus or RA (or rare disease). At first it was thought that I had Crohn's Disease, but my biopsies have come back clear for granulomas.

I don't have any rashes currently (although I have had rashes when i was younger, mostly on my hands. These rashes looked like pimples at first that would break open & crack & then would look like scales. The doc at that time said I was allergic to dust & dirt because the rashes happened only in the summer time.)

I have lost about 50 lbs. so far. I am struggling to try to keep my weight up, which is crazy because I was always about 30+ pounds overweight since the birth of my son 15 years ago. Is weight loss normal with Lupus?

I have also been extremely tired. It's hard to function sometimes, but I have to. I have 3 jobs & 2 kids & a husband. Life is too busy. My husband really tries to help, but I think he is getting tired of doing everything for me. I am so weak since I have lost so much weight...

I guess I was having bowel problems as well. I had a colonoscopy in October that showed a couple small ulcers & the biopsies showed colitis. I was put on Azulfidine. I kept losing weight & ended up the ER with dehydration & potassium loss. I ended up seeing a GI who said she was pretty sure I had Crohn's. But she did another colonoscopy in April after being on Prednisone for a while & she said there were no granulomas or signs of IBD, so I must just have infectious induced IBS. (They think maybe I had c.diff caused by being on Cipro for 3 weeks following a kidney infection. That's about when all this began, with a kidney infection.)

My labs have been okay, some things off slightly, but nothing too concerning. I was sent to a new DO the other day who decided to do some new testing, ANA, RF, CRP, & ACE level. I have just recently switched PCPs as well who had referred me to this other DO due to my pain even after OMT. My new PCP ordered a slew of tests as well, stool tests & B12 & CBC & Comp Metabolic Panel & a bunch of stuff. He did say that at one point my protein was high. My WBC has been high as well, but I was on prednisone a bunch of times (the last time I was on 20mg for 2+ months).

I just had surgery on my ear for fluid in it for the last year. The fluid wouldn't go away & became really thick, which is I guess why it wouldn't come out. But I have a tube in now so I can hear again!!! I don't know if that is related....

I did have surgery for ovarian cysts as well. Had a D&C & hysteroscopy due to abnormal bleeding. Things seemed to be okay with all that, but my periods are now really long & there isn't much time in between. Can't be menopause because I am only 34. I don't understand it.

I am so sorry this is long. I am trying to think of anything that might be pertinent. There has been so much that has happened to me over the last year.

Does any of this sound similar to anyone's symptoms? Just wondering....