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Hi, my name is Jerri. I was diagnosed with Lupus after my 4th spinal surgery. It seems like my mind is constantly in a Lupus fog. I think I've had Lupus since about 2008. Its manifested themselves by swollen joints to the point that I couldn't bend my fingers, feet, hands, or make a fist, I had little reddish spots all over my legs, my face had the Lupus flare, all my Glands in my head and behind my ears were swollen, and I had a horrible headache and joint pain all over.By the time I made it in to the doctor the mysterious symptoms disappeared,but I was insistent he do a ANA test for Lupus. So we found out I had Lupus SLE and ever since I have been Dx'd with it I have had to have 6 more spinal surgeries and after each has been fused I have to have the hardware removed because my body starts attacking it. I see my Rheumatologist because of all the Lupus related diseases that have developed like fibromyalgia, SLE, Lupus arthritis, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome,restless leg syndrome, reflux, peripheral nerve damage in my hands, asthma,and chronic depression. The disks in my back are constantly buldging or messing up.I get sick all the time. Currently I am on prednisone (the majority of the time), restasis for my eyes, Nortriptylin, restoril for sleep, lasix 40mg/80 mg, soma, plaquenil, singulair, topamax, azelastine HCI nose spray, klonopin, vistaril (pain meds make me itch really bad), lyrica, imuran, mirapex, sonata, trazadone, kadian, percocet, savella, proventil, and systane eye drops.Last spinal surgery was 3 wks ago and I am 38 yrs old and disabled from the surgeries and Lupus symptoms.This last surgery was 5 levels from S-2 up.I keep having problems with my stomach cramps/diahreah.I also keep getting the Lupus migraines,fever,and the rash all over my arms/legs, and Lupus butterfly rash (which stays on my face the majority of time). Sometimes the migraines are so bad that they break the blood vessels in my eyes an fill them with blood from the pressure. My eye specialist agrees that the meds and Lupus is starting to attack my eyes. Does anyone else have problems with horrible hot flashs all the time to the point where my shirt is wet and so is my face? I just don't know what to do anymore. Now they said my 14yr old daughter has a high ANA test and has been having joint pain have a tenative dx of fibro,but hope its just her weight and growing pains any advice? Sorry I hit you with a lot of information and questions. Also I have low vitamin D, and take Omega 3, Voltaren Gel for hand pain, super b complex, asmanex, Vitamin C, Triple Omega. These are some of the other pills I take also. I am still working on my masters degree via the computer at home, so I feel like I have accomlished something that will make my two kids proud of me. Its so easy to get down on yourself, I am so glad that I found this site. You all have helped me in ways you can't even imagine. Being a single parent with this disease is hard enough.....but my ex thinks he has to prepare my kids of my possible death at any time....NOW! This adds more stress on my kids, who I have to explain that its not possible any time soon...its in GODS hands, and giving me a flare-up in the process.... Sorry I unloaded on everyone.
P.S. My doctor is currently scheduling me to start the Benlysta treatments..,.and I pray they work so I can come off of the steroids....its scary when, on the first page, it lists death may be caused by this medicine....but they don't know for sure. Please keep me in your prayers.