Hi there! I'm not going to go into a whole history of ailments as I'm sure you've all heard it all before. However, there are a couple of things that I'd really like to understand a bit better and establish whether other lupus sufferers have the same.
The first is stomach pain. The pain I get is most frequently in the mornings but can sometimes last all day or come on later in the day. It's a very specific pain, not sharp but dull and inescapable and feels like my stomach is all knotted and cramped. When I breathe in and push my stomach out it feels like it loses some of the knottiness and eases a little after a while. Most mornings it eases once I am up on my feet but sometimes not. Can anyone else relate to this or is this unconnected to lupus?
Secondly, I'm keen to know whether lupus joint pain always presents with swollen joints or whether the joints can look normal but still be painful. This is the case with me and the Rheumatologist said my joints are all normal so I'm left feeling like it's all in my mind. (I can see the "all in my mind" theme is a common one with lupus!)
Any insight would be really gratefully received - thanks in advance!