I'm sure that I have SLE and am in the process of having tests done. During a recent flare I went to my GP begging him to either give me something for my symptoms, or write to the consultant to ask if he'd see me quickly. He told me that he couldn't give me anything as it would have to be prescribed by the consultant, but he would write asking him to see me. My 'quick' appointment has come through and it's not until the end of September! I'm now left waiting with absolutely no medication whatsoever. My first question is, what can I take over the counter apart from painkillers that will sort out my very painful neck and lower back?
The second question (and the one which I think you'll tell me can't be answered) is what is going on with my back? Does this disease damage it, or does it just irritate it? I'm left for all these months worried that the lack of medication will mean my back is damaged irreversibly? Can you have these symptoms for years without damage, or does pain usually mean something bad? Will taking meds take the problem away, or just hide it? Or am I just being a drama queen?
I hope someone can give me an opinion please!