I am currently going through a diagnosis for a suspected auto immune disease, which my rheumatologist believed could be 'mild' Lupus.
I have been going to the GP with various symptoms, fatigue, depression, pains in my chest, breathlessness, for about 2-3 years. As a Mum to two small children and a full time job, I always got told that its not surprising that I'm tired!
This June however I woke up feeling unable to move without pain, I had run a 5k earlier that week and thought that this was a delayed reaction, so I pushed through - although later that day all of my joints started to swell ankles, knees and wrists and I started to feel faint. I went to hospital and they said to go to GP in the morning for blood tests. I was then unwell for two weeks - found it difficult to get out of bed, I needed to sleep all of the time - it was like having flu! The blood test came back ( I didn't really understand them and I don't think my GP did either) and I was referred to a Rheumatologist, she explained that some suggested lupus and some didn't, so I repeated some tests and had more done.
I am now waiting for those results and not sure what to expect, I feel I have signed up to this site preamaturely but I have found the posts so helpful and I can relate to a lot of the experiences shared, I realised that I have the butterfly rash for years and put it down to bad skin - Am I wrong to self diagnose like this?