hello, everyone, I am new for all of this and I will appreciate your help. my story had begun with my third miscarriage in the last April where I was very ill and I requested to be transferred to hematology for my severe anemia [WWC 1,62, neut 0,79, plt277 Hb 92, MCV.] .i had an iron infusion a month ago and my ferritin has gone up from 18 to 673 but I remained anaemic with haemoglobin of 102 and MCV of 77.6, neutrophil count at 0.88 with normal platelets . free T4 11.1, TSH 7.57 LDH 158 I am not in medication for my autoimmune thyroid disorder yet waiting for endocrinology appointment next week.
so she checked my ANA which came positive at 1: 1280, dsDNA was positive as well which confirms lupus. I had my first appointment with rheumatology last Friday and prescribed me prednisone and hydroxychloroquine. they did not explain anything for me they told me that I need to take them because of my low white blood cell which means having a lupus overlap. I suffered all my life from anemia and I always used to have low white blood cells [my GP did not really care or show any concerns regarding it ]. I do not have any other symptoms other than neutropenia and anemia. what is the role of hydroxychloroquine in all of this especially its side effects include neutropenia and anemia?[is it going to stop my immune system destroying my blood cells and attacking my thyroid or it is quite useless] I do not feel really well since I started taking it as I feel really tired with numbness in hands and fingers. I am also worried about retina damage as I have a strong family history with retina and eye problems in general (i do not have a good eyesight myself and at the end, there is nothing more precious than your eyes).
any books are recommended for me to read and does following a restrictive diet like AIP will help or no.
I am sorry for the long post and thank you for taking the time to read it.