Over the past few months I've developed some new symptoms and I can't decide if they are from my Lupus or if they're from something new. I'm hoping someone here notices a pattern or recognizes these symptoms and can point me in the right direction. I'll apologize now for the length of the post
First, I have become very cold sensitive. If I get cold I cannot seem to warm back up. I don't mean just chilly, I mean that I am so cold it takes me hours to fall asleep at night. Example, I've been trying to walk in the evenings with the hopes of regaining lost strength. If it's cold (around 40-50 degrees-I'm in Alabama so that's cold to me) I always dress warmly. When I come back in I can't get warm again. I'll take a warm shower, cover up in my chair in front of fireplace and am miserable. Our house is very warm, everyone else will be in the room wearing shorts and I'm under 3 layers. In bed I'll have a comforter, electric blanket with another cotton quilt on top. I laid there for hours curled in a ball absolutely freezing. Ended up having to put another super-thick fleece blanket on top to get warm enough to sleep. My husband is laying by me under a bed sheet and is fine.
This is concerning bc I also have Addison's Disease and when my body gets stressed it causes problems with that. Ironically I'm also very Heat sensitive too
Other new symptoms are dry eyes, skin is super dry, lips stay dry and crack even though I use moisturizer and lip balm.
I've also developed an odd, dry cough that comes and goes, shortness of breath that comes and goes and pain in my lungs close to my back. I will say that I have had pleurisy before and I'm almost sure that's what the lung pain is.
I have a history with dry skin/hair and some dry eye issues from the Lupus but it all has seemed to get worse. I just can't decide if these are just fun, new Lupus problems or if there's something else going on.