Women who have Lupus and also Fibramialiga
October 30, 2006 10:06am CST
Please share if you are also a victim of both of these diseases. Through your doctor and educational literature and support groups, you have learned lupus patients can have involvement of almost any system of the body including severe involvement of the kidneys, heart and brain. This is scary information; even though you know that only a minority of lupus patients have such a severe course. The commonest problems encountered by most lupus patients are joint pains, muscles pains, fatigue and skin rashes. It is not unreasonable to assume an increased level of fatigue and increasing joint pain heralds a severe flare of your lupus that may even progress to life-threatening internal organ involvement. Such thoughts are anxiety-provoking and depressing; they can cause sleepless nights. Both you and your doctor may be convinced that your accelerating symptoms represent a lupus flare. You may be put on prednisone or the dose of your steroids may be increased. But before you and your doctor jump to conclusions, consider the possibility that you could also have fibromyalgia.