HEllo all I am new to this onling community. I find these groups very helpful and informative as I come across them doing research on the internet about LUPUS and MCTD. I started having chest pain around Veterans Day week last year (2013). And the pain quickly progressed to side pains, back pains, breast pains, numb feelings in my legs, hands and face, I felt like a different person and like I had the flu that wouldn't go away. I was beyond just tired or fatigued I was larthargic. But I wouldn't allow myself to sleep because I was terrified I wouldn't wake up. My primary care phycisian (after numerous visits and ER visits) finally said I was suffering from severe anxiety disorder and depression with fibromyalgia and referred me to a psychiatrist. When I would ask if it could possible be RA, MS, lupus or something like that he would always say no you're too young and you're not presenting with any of those symptoms. Needless to say he became very frustrated with me because I wouldn't accept anxiety as a diagnosis. Though I did start having panic attacks because I was terrified as to what was going on with my health and body. I basically had to demand to see a gastro doctor because of weight loss, appetite changes, and severe constipation. Which led to me seeing a nephroligist due to my creatinine being elevated and he decided to test for lupus. His blood work came back and he said I was positive for MCTD (Mixed Connective Tissue Disease) which I had never heard of. He referred me to a rheumatalogist and its been almost 2 weeks since I saw her and she said she thinks I have a mild case of lupus and she had her own blood work drawn. I was told it takes 2 weeks to come back and 7 March 2014 will be 2 weeks. I am praying that I am negative for any autoimmune disease. I have been feeling a great deal better since November when all of this started but I still have aches and pains and some days where I feel like I have the flu and just extremely achy. I would appreciate any knowledge on mild lupus and the difference between other types of lupus as far as treatment and progression etc. Thanks so much.
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