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LovingGrandma
09-26-2006, 07:59 PM
I'm 53 and married to my wonderful husband for 30 years. I have 3 grown children and 2 precious grandchildren. I love my family and my life very much.

I am newly diagnosed with SLE. I was sick off and on with symptoms after a severe case of strep in May 2006. My joints in my fingers and wrists were very stiff and sore. I had a possitive ANA test however no other glaring symptoms so the rhuematologist told me not to worry and I went on about my life. In the meantime I had flare ups all summer but had been put on prednisone for joint pain which temporarily helped. I had a full blown flare up in early September which involved a Malar rash on my face, rash on my chest arms and back, fever, headaches, and severe joint and muscle pain which included my legs and ankles. I was hospitalized and at that time the disease was confirmed. I was put on 60 mg of prednisone for 2 weeks and in the process of weaning off of it completely in mid October. I am also on Plaquinel 200mg 2 times a day. I have good and bad days but I am definitly feeling better.

I am glad I found this support group and look forward to participating.

SoleSinger
09-26-2006, 10:05 PM
Hi!

I'm in Colorado, too!

Hope you enjoy it here!

ButterflyRN
09-27-2006, 08:30 AM
Welcome ! :lol:

Saysusie
09-27-2006, 09:10 AM
Hello and Welcome LovingGrandma :lol:

We are glad that you've found us and hope that you will join us often. I am glad that you are beginning to feel better! We are here to answer questions, if we can, to give you support, understanding and information!! We, most of all, want you to know that you are not alone!

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

LovingGrandma
09-27-2006, 01:43 PM
I apprciate all of the nice welcomes. I'm sure I'll have questions in the future and will be glad to share what ever I can.

Thanks
LovingGrandma