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Welcome, and I am sorry you are feeling so badly with no answers. Some of your symptoms could be explained by thyroid imbalance, such as hyperthyroidism, sleep apnea and lupus. It is possible it could be all 3 as they can be related. I would wonder if your insomnia, "adrenaline" attacks and arrhythmia at night are triggered by sleep apnea, where one stops breathing numerous times during sleep, which causes low oxygen, triggers heart rhythm disturbances and awakens you in a panic feeling. The headaches, muscle and chest pains can occur in lupus, as well as the nausea and bladder overactivity. I would ask your Dr. to check your thyroid hormone levels, including TSH, free T3 and T4, and thyroid antibodies. I would get your ANA checked again, as well as sed rate, CRP (for inflammation) and anti dsDNA and anti-smith antibodies, 2 tests that are specific for lupus. Get a urine check done too to rule out infection and look for any urinary/kidney signs of lupus. Then finally, get a sleep study done, or at least a nighttime pulse oximetry test to check for episodes of low oxygen, suggestive of apnea. All these situations can be treated, which makes a major difference in how you feel. Hormonal changes often precede lupus, which is why the first pregnancy may have triggered this and now perimenopause may be occurring, triggering this. It sounds like your Dr is reasonable and I'll bet he will run these tests for you to figure this out.





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