I have had stomach pains for over a year now and the gastro doc was of no help...so I did my own experiments eliminating foods and found relief after eliminating gluten out of my diet...and to test myself I went gluten free for two weeks no more pain and then took a bite of bread and whamo I feel thousands of tiny razor blades traveling through my stomach and through my intestines with the lingering pain and bloated stomach...maybe you should try keeping a food diary and separating what you eat and how you feel afterwardView Thread
I work because I have to and that is my life...I have realized that I can not work more than 3 days in a row 8 hrs a day or I will begin to flare...I write my own schedule and take two 15 min breaks in my 8 hour day in which I am on my feet, lifting 50lb boxes and running up and down stairs several times a day...it hurts like hell and I go home and take Epsom salt bathes to relieve the swelling in my joints...I have found though that I am worst off if I am not working...those are the days I tend to not be able to get out of bed...pushing myself to with in my known limits I have managed to hold a 40 hour a week job, but with the consequence of not being able to have a life outside of work...I have no energy and I am in so much pain, I refuse to take steroids, NSAIDS, pain pills unless I absolutely have to...I wouldn't want my body getting used to the medication and then not working when I really need them...I have taught myself to meditate and that is what has helped a lot...I often have brain fog and sometimes I think to myself that I just can't do it anymore, but then I take a deep breath and look around and see what I have accomplished and turn it into something positive...I have six prescription medications I take daily, some I have to take twice a day and that doesn't include vitamins, but I manage to keep my head up high and push through it all proud of what I have achieved for the day...you take it one day at a time...so far I have made it 5 yrs and counting and I am very proud of myself for that.View Thread
WebMD's Day2Night will help you develop personal coping strategies for living with lupus – at home, at work, or with family and friends.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.