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Lupus possible?
Nov 24, 2012
This may be a long post. I will try to keep it as short as possible. I was just recently told I possibly could have Lupus. I am a 51 year old female. My GP received results from my gastro and is further investigating. I have a positive ANA. I am in terrible pain, neck, back, knees, ankles, and fingers, much joint pain. fatigue, brain fog and poor memory (so much I am concerned about early alzhiemer). I had at first a positive diagnosis of Hep C, but absolutley no reason to have contracted it. Liver biopsy done, neg on the virus, but liver inflammation. Barrett's esophagus, gastritis, gallbladder removed, it was diseases-no gallstones present just enlarged and covered in scar tissue to the point you could not see the actual organ. Many precarcinoma polyps removed from colon, stomach. Was diagnosed with fibro, but no meds that have given relief. wierd round sores on scalp and neck that took a year to heal. Just open like ulcers. Teeth are breaking and cracking regardless of regular oral care. I am working full time but questioning if I can continue this High-stress job. I work with SED (Severly emotionally Disturbed Children). Have had in past redness in cheekbones and across nose. Not currently very noticable. Have very dry eyes, and had to have plugs placed in my ducts but my eyes still bother me on a regular basis. I am scared my quality of life will not get any better and this is something that is playing strongly on my mind. How do I live with this and I want a long productive pain free life. Sounds I guess too much to ask for but now what? I don't run a fever , I have just the opposite, very cold feet and hands when the weather gets 70 degress or below. My body temp runs low and it is hard to stay warm. Thyroid tests in the past by an endocrinologist were all negative. I do have thyroid nodules and low vitamin D levels. I have been on precription vit D in the past but it has never reached normal levels. Does this sound like possibly Lupus? Am I too old to be diagnosed with Lupus? IS there other autoimmune diseases that i am not aware about? I did see a rhuematologist several years ago, thinking I had artheritis, I made a list of concerns and questions, she basically told me it was all stress related and I felt like she was arrogant, and dismissed my concerns as if I was a middle aged neurotic woman that all my complaints were somatic. I never went back and just lived with my pain but it is getting unbearable and i want my life back. Any comments, suggestions, or help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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