My rheumatologist has just diagnosed me today with LUPUS. I have also suffered with Hashimotos Thyroiditis diagnosed a year ago. Although it's been difficult getting my thyroid under control I now worried about how Lupus and the medication might affect me in the future?
They're running more tests and put me on Hydroxychloroquine today. And she mentioned connective tissue disease - is this what Lupus is?
I thought my extreme fatigue was down to my thyroid but going on T3 has helped since January but fatigue still has a big impact on my day to day life. I also have painful muscles and swollen painful finger joints. Obviously other symptoms such as hair loss etc overlap with hypothyroidism. Luckily I'm not overweight however I have very little appetite and saw these new drugs don't have very nice side effects including loss of appetite.
I supplement and am going to join my local gym but mainly for the saunas as they really help my muscles.
I suppose what I'm really asking is I feel like my life is on hold I can't hold down a full time job, have dropped out of uni and I'm wondering if I'll ever get back to normal. Contending with one autoimmune disease has been hard but Lupus as well makes me feel ill never be in good health again