Everyone here can relate to you and what you deal with on a daily basis. I am sorry for your dx but sure glad you found us here. The people here are knowledgeable, supportive and have so much compassion too. You will love it here.
I assume you are treating with a Rheumy doctor? What meds have they placed you on and how do you think they are working to help you? I hope you are finding some relief.
I am seeing a Rheumy Dr. She has me on Plaquenil,Evoxac,prilosec and Aspirin. I have only noticed that my butterfly rash is gone. I am having horrible knee pain. I am going to a new Dr. next week. The one I have is 3 hrs from home and that is a hard drive to see her. They one I found is only 1 hr from home. I can't seem to find anything to help with the knee pain. It is absolutely horribele at times. The fatigue and headaches are really bad too.
The only NAIDS I have tirid are Aleeve and Ibuprofen..My Dr. had me on T3 and Lortab but I don't use those anymore. I am hoping this new Dr. will try something different or have more advice. I am wondering about the sun. I was told I had a very mild case of Lupus,but was also told to stay out of the sun. How big a deal is that?
Welcome. I am new myself here too. I am sorry to read that you are suffering with your knees, I hope your doctors can assist you with this.
Regards the sun, I am currently going through what I now know to be a lupus flare, having had the most horrendous week. After speaking with both my GP and Rheumatology registrar, I went out in the sun last week, I did have a hat on plus shades, but in shorts and no sunscreen? I have since very strongly been advised to use total sun block and to as much as is possible avoid full sun.
They really pushed the point home, so yes I would say it is important, and all my readings so far, also give good warnings on Lupus and sun.
Welcome to the site and in case you did not guess you hit the jackpot with people that know what you are going through. I do hope you will join us in the chat room sometime soon. We have a lot of fun in there and share a lot of information.
I hope you are feeling well and doing well with the lupus.