I have been going back and forth to the doctors for over 3 years with Joint pain.
It started in my elbows, and he treated me for tennis elbow for 2 years.
Since then during the last year, I have had aches and pains that are so bad it hurts just to get out of the chair. My sister told me 5 years ago that she had lupus and that I should get tested for it, I took no notice of it.
The doctors now say I have osteo arthritus in my neck, shoulders, feet, hands etc
I went for a general blood test the other day and my white cell count came back so high the doctor rang me and said she wanted me to go for more blood tests, especially one for SLE.
I feel so tired and worn out all the time, and ache mainly in my hands, fingers and feet.
My work is deterioting, and so is my general demenour. I feel so low and worn out all the time. I remember when I was around about 20ish I felt like this, and kept thinking, if I die, at least I wouldn't be in pain and I could sleep. So I wonder if that was a flare like possible this is now... it lasted for a good couple of years back then, but seemed to go away.
Now I feel like that again, but worse. I am 45 now and feel like I am 90... I have trouble getting about and am taking so much time off work I will end up getting the sack.
I wonder if I have got Lupus? I don't have a rash on my face, but when I am out in the sun, I get a terrible rash on my feet. I have blood spots on my arms and chest, my hair is falling out (has been for ages) and I get mouth ulcers regular.
I am going back to the doctor on Wednesday next week for the results. I am going to fight my corner now.. I have sat back and been fobbed off long enough.
Does Lupus affect your balance and memory?? as I keep walking into things and can't remember what people have told me.
Does this sound like I have Lupus... or am I going mad??
Thank you all for listening