A diagnosis for Lupus can take a long time. It kind of has to be "caught in the act," blood test wise. There are more tests for Lupus than the ANA. I assume they will be run if you have a lot of the typical symptoms.
FM is usually a diagnosis of exclusion. I hope you are getting treatment for your FM symptoms. It can be so debilitating.
It is interesting that you had such a bad reaction to those shots. It does sound like an opinion from a neurologist is in order. I wouldn't wait too long either. Numbness is pretty serious, at least I think it is.
I found a sample of Biotene mouth rinse yesterday at good ole WalMart. I have Sjogrens so I'm hoping it will help if I use it before bed. Maybe you could try some Biotene for a week and see if it helps.View Thread
Jan, I hoping your son might qualify for a state program with a sliding scale, or a local clinic. He really needs to be checked for possible RA, as his hands are changing the way they look. RA can become crippling if not treated early!
Until he can afford blood tests, etc., see if he is willing to try a supplement of fish oil every day, as this can reduce inflammation and therefore some of the pain, if it is not FM-related pain.
Also, some people do well by keeping a log of what they eat and how they feel. He might discover a couple food groups that aggravate his pain and fatigue.
Another common problem for many of us with FM and/or RA is low Vit D. He might try 1000 - 2000 iu D3 supplements a day and see if his pain reduces over time.
Has he tried wearing compression gloves, or a carpal tunnel wrist brace? Another option to try.
Of course I'm no substitute for a good ole doctor, but he can do a few things on his own, and hopefully see improvement.
Lou, I use that "American Chop Suey" type skillet meal often. It is good and quick. Green beans are great with it too.
Angelswife, I have 2 sweet potatoes that need using, and that soup sounds good and healthy. Will be making it soon!
I also love those crock pot disposable liners for my heavy 6-qt pot. My 4.5-qt pot is easy enough for me to soak and lift so I save them for the biggy. I look for coupons and find them cheapest at my local WalMart.
Another meal for desperate nights is to bake some Tyson breaded chicken tenders and some frozen fries. Make a cajun chicken sandwich using the chicken, mayo, black, white, and cayenne pepper, and a sliced pickle between a hamburger bun. Serve with the fries and some carrot and celery sticks. So quick and easy cleanup with foil-lined baking pans. I think the cleanup is the hardest part!
Yet another easy one is to take a jar of spaghetti sauce, a jar of hot water, some crumbled feta, Italian herbs, a 16-oz box of uncooked Riggatoni and stir together in a 13x9x2 pan. Cover snuggly with foil. Bake at 375* for 35 mins. Uncover and stir. Top with 8-oz mozzarella cheese. Bake for 9 mins. Yum!View Thread
Jan, I couldn't possibly think of better ideas than you regarding the kids. They are your grandchildren and it sounds to me like you give them unconditional love. That's something they really need. I also think they need those boundaries you set for good behavior. In the long run, they will be happier people because you were there for them. Gentle hugs your way.View Thread