Hi! I've been experiencing a lot of symptoms that lead me to believe I have lupus, though am unable to get a diagnosis until January at earliest.
Sorry this is very long
TL;DR- I have lots of lupus like symptoms, no diagnosis and would like home remedies for stomach + lung pain and fatigue
I'm 22 female
My symptoms, most of which started 5-6 months ago, are: itchy rashes that randomly show up on legs, chest and arms (it's not like hives, more like a flat red rash with little red dots all around. I've had this one and off for over a year) moderate to severe joint pain in hands, elbows, shoulders occasionally, knees and toes, muscle pain in my legs and upper back, nausea that worsens after eating, sharp lung pain worse with deep breath, laughing ect (this first occurred in 2014 and has continued on and off since. Diagnosed twice with pleurisy and once pneumonia) dull ache in my stomach on upper left side that's pretty constant, mouth ulcers (I get at least 3 at a time, never had this problem until last month) I've had uveitis 4x in 2 years (swelling of the white of your eye) extreme fatigue that comes and goes (I believe that's when my flares are maybe?) weight loss of 5-7 pounds in a month no change in diet or lifestyle
I saw my GP for the joint pain 2 months ago, as that's what bothers me the most. He ran a bunch of tests and sent me to a rheumy because nothing obvious came up. I looked at the results and my sed rates were high (forget exact numbers but about 20 over the norm) and I've had protein in urine in 2 tests in past 2 months, both of which can be signs of lupus but my ana and rheumatoid factor were negative.
Saw the rheumatologist who told me he found nothing wrong aside from runners knee in both knees (no clue how I'd get that as I do no sports and only take short walks every few days?) he said it could take years for a diagnosis and because I have no rash or positive Ana he can't do anything. Said I have 0 inflammation but prescribed meloxicam (which is for RA inflammation??) but it didn't help so I stopped it.
I feel he was very dismissive of my symptoms because he relies on lab results that don't even necessarily mean anything. I'm seeing a female rheumy in January (I feel that make docs often dismiss female patients problems as either hormonal or made up) and hopefully have answers as I feel worse each day
My question is: is there anything I can do in the meantime to feel better? I wear knee braces for the runners knee and take aleve if the pain is bad, but the fatigue and lung/stomach pain is really getting to me.