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Hi there.

My name is Karol and I am a Jersey girl. I am 42 years old, married to a great guy and have one son who just turned 17 and is finishing up his Junior year in High School.

I have one really big dog named Buzz and 3 Birds....1 Congo African Grey named Sedrick, 1 Timneh African Grey named Bella and my little Cockatiel Buddy. My Congo Grey who will be 21 years old in July curses better then I do and my Timneh, who just turned 1 is really starting to talk. It is only a matter of time before she starts cursing too.:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

My story is long and somewhat complicated but I will give you all the readers digest version of it in a nutshell.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005 after going blind in my right eye. I have never accepted the dx of MS and still don't. People, my friends, Neurologist and family all say I am in denial but truth be told I am not. I have said all along that I know there is something autoimmune going on but in my heart I know it is not MS.

I took the Interferon drugs that I had to inject into my body via a needle to slow the MS progression yet I never felt better and nothing slowed down so I basically boycotted all meds and live happily in denial. I figured some day someone would figure it out.

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago.....I went to my family doctor and explained to him that I was feeling pretty ill and have been for a long time. Long story short he did some blood work to test for ANA, ANA Reflex Panel and other things and low and behold here came the answer.

My test results pointed strongly towards Lupus and so do my symptoms. I have not received a official diagnosis of Lupus yet but my doctor is certain that the diagnosis is coming.

I am going to 2 Rheumatologists (excuse the spelling) within the next 2 weeks. I set it up this way so I could have 2 opinions on this. I am guessing that the specialists will want to do more blood work and that is fine.

After seeing the family doctor and having him tell me, "You have Lupus" I decided to go Google it and get educated about it. There was a list of 11 things that are criteria for Lupus and I had 9 of them.

I no longer work and I am out on SSD. I want my old life back but I am a realist and know that will never happen so I make Lemonade with the Lemons I have been given.

I look forward to being a active part of this group and getting to know you all. I am certain that many folks here will provide much needed support and knowledge as time goes on. I am reeling yet I just want answers and somehow Multiple Sclerosis just never seemed right to me.

If I can answer any more questions feel free to ask. I am not shy so ask away.:p :p :p
 

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Hi Katharine,

Thanks for the welcome. I am not sure as this is relatively new to me if the drugs for Lupus are the same as they use to treat MS.

I will be open minded if I do in fact get a dx of Lupus as it would make more sense to me then MS did.

I have been reading here and notice a lot of people take a drug called Plaqunel...(spelling???) so I am guessing it is a popular Lupus drug.

I can not take Steriods or anything that has Aspirin in it so I am not sure what my choices would be.

I will cross that bridge when I get to it.:worried: :worried: :worried:
 

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Thanks Maja.

Apparently the Rheumy doctor I am seeing on the 27th is extremely good and specializes in Lupus, etc...

I am confident that more blood work will be done and something will come of it, be it Lupus or APS or whatever...:eek: :eek: :eek:

I KNOW I have something Autoimmune but I never swallowed the MS diagnosis. I think it is wrong and they are missing something.

I was also dx with Fibromyalgia and CFS years ago. Who really knows what the heck I have but I think it is all coming to a head now.

I will let you know how it turns out and thanks for your reply to this post.
 

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I did go to the Rheumatologist Tuesday and he feels it probably is Lupus.

I posted about this appointment in Not Diagnosed Yet.

I go back June 4th for the results to the 23 tubes of blood they took from me.:eek::eek::eek:
 

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lazylegs;509659 said:
Hi Karol,

Welcome to the site. I think it is great that you are taking your health into your own hands. It is important that you feel comfortable with your diagnosis.

Initially the doctors felt I had MS. That turned out not to be the case. The progression of my symptoms is so classic for MS that every year the doctors revisit the theory that I have both.

Let us know what the Rheumatologist's say.

Take care,
Lazylegs
Oh My God I just love your user name mainly because I always tell my husband that my legs are lazy and just do not want to work.

Thank you so much for the warm welcome to this site.

I will keep you posted. BTW the Rheumatologist still thinks MS can be a part of this picture along with Lupus.................are ya kidding me here?

This is just a bad dream right? Someone pinch me and I will wake up!:mad:
 

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Hi PennyP and thank you for the warm welcome.

I just posted about some abnormal blood work results I got back and am looking for input.

I am sure when I go see the Rheumy doctor tomorrow a clearer picture will be painted for me.

Thanks again for the welcome to the board.

This is a great group of people.:wink2::wink2::wink2:
 
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