I got Lupus at age 19 (1987)while in Service for the Army. It was never identified until recently, but my first indications was mouth blisters, blood platelet and lymphocytes issues. The Army in all their wisdom said it was Hemophilia, but this has been disproven. My ANA up and down and over the years suffered hot flashes, swollen hands and feet, red dots on skin called Angiomas? I have had times when I thought I had Flue, but the only symptom was the temperature. I have had kidney problems for years, starting same time as Lupus in 1987. I never really had a rash, but I also have colitis as someone else wrote, But after 30 years just getting to proof stage as I believed I had Hemophilia for years thanks to Army. I got my Lupus from a chemical called Trichloroethylene, it was a waste product used on the bases for dry cleaning and is a degreaser. It is also used in small arms cleaning and repairs and I was an armorer for the Army for about 18 months. I also have what they are calling osteoarthritis, but with some research I found that EPA uses Calcium to clean up Trichloroethylene spills, so makes sense it plays havoc on the Calcium in your body also. I started have injuries to the spine that may not have been issue if not weakened by the Chemical. I worked when out of service as a hospital Maintenance man for 30+ years, and my wife and I was doing OK, we had built up our assets and others had left us some small money, but when I got to sick to work, we watched all that go away during the recession, and we ended up on food stamps and welfare. The Social Security and VA was slow to help, and I am still waiting. When all said and done they will help, but being a Man and having a rare for Men disease has cost me every dime I made when healthy enough to work. I had to research and find my own condition as I met resistant's at every corner, people wondering why I was not working etc.... When I was healthy I could work with anyone. So my condition has been with me 30 years, but the Doctors are just catching up. VA did not even know about the Trichloroethylene, and I did hear one person mention models? Probably to late but Paints, and paint thinners have Trichloroethylene in them. But first conditions I encountered was the mouth sores, blood platelets low and Lymps, and Kidney infections. I Just left the emergency room with the Colitis diagnoses. Don't let the family around Trichloroethylene. The only thing I have in Common with UK is distant relatives in UK and Ireland.
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