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    Is it Lupus?
    sportschick7 posted:
    Hi - I am a 43 yr. old athletic female in good shape but I have started falling apart! I have gradually started passing on my workouts because I feel lousy after them with terrible muscle aches and weakness, I get lots of headaches and am very tired all the time. This all started gradually about 6 years ago. Before that I never went to the dr. Now I have a heart dr. (for tachycardia), a urologist (for medullary sponge kidney), I've thrown my back out several times and basically I just feel lousy all the time! I play competitive tennis and workout at least 3x/week but now I have been gradually passing on the workouts because I am too tired or because I know that it is going to make me feel lousy and tired later. My knees have been really aching and burning. I just don't feel like myself at all! My husband is chalking it up to old age but I feel in my heart of hearts that there is more to it than that. I have been to dr. after dr. trying to find answers but its always not definitive. 2 weeks ago I went to the emergency room because I had a muscle spasm in my neck and couldn't swallow - that was scary! They found that I was low in potassium so gave me potassium and sent me on my way. On my follow up w/ my gp I asked them to check for an autoimmune issue and my ana came back as 1:160 speckled. After researching a bit about lupus I did recall also that at Thanksgiving we went on a cruise and when I got back I had an itchy rash across my abdomen area that did go away. At the time I was on meds for a bladder infection that caused sun - sensitivity so i just chalked it up as that but now I'm not sure. My dr.s treatment plan is wait a month and then retest before she sends me to a rheumatologist but the wait is killing me as always! My other blood work was within normal range like the sed rate and rheumatoid. I am just hoping that there is someone that will read this and please give me insight. I am so tired of not feeling good and going to the dr. When I look at my mom whose in her 70's I think she is looking healthier than me! There is definitely something wrong.......could this be lupus?
    1stLadyDi responded:
    Sorry, I don't have any insight to offer you except that a few years back, that is what I experienced and a trip to the rheumatologist is when I was finally diagnosed. My neurologist referred me (had a T.I.A. = mini-stroke). My body underwent trauma as a result of complications during an abdominal hysterectomy. I pray that you get a diagnosis real soon and any treatment that you need. One of the hardest things I've dealt with is the change in my physical state. I was highly athletic all of my life and now, outside of aquatic therapy, I can barely do anything because of all of my other symptoms. I am just happy for the days that I can walk around and get through my 10 hr shift at work. Best wishes for you.

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