Hi this is the first blog i've written but have been reading the blogs for a while. I started with terrible joint pain in Nov 2008 after the birth of my baby. I had already been feeling very tired a couple of years before that but assumed it was just getting older (although i was only 38). Anyway i battled though the pain, kept going for tests throughout the year and even an op to remove lump under my armpit which the dr thought was cancer, but still no diagnosis of anything. My baby died of meningitis in January 2010 and my life was
torn apart. Just after his death i was told i had SLE along with APS and after his death had more symptoms of lupus, the rash, extreme fatigue, reynauds etc. The drs still didnt want to give me any meds until i really needed them so i decided to do some research and began having acupuncture. Within about 2 months my joint pain had gone, im not saying it will be a miracle cure but i have no doubt that it has helped enourmously. I had another little boy in April last year and unfortunately it seems that after i have given birth Lupus tends to kick in and i progessed to Lupus Nephritis and have to take lots of meds now, but i rarely get joint pain and i still have acupunture every couple of months. My condition seems to be hormonal based and i would like to say since i came off the contraceptive pill i dont have migraines anymore. Sorry its been a long story but wanted to share my experience. Oh.. I also applied for DLA this year because of my accelerating condition and was refused but will appeal. Our benefits system is all wrong, i have worked all my life and when you need a bit of help you dont get it.