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    This is a wonderful place Stefanie. And it's...

    This is a wonderful place Stefanie. And it's true, when you find that special someone, your heart and soul will matter to him, not your illness.

    Welcome. :)
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    I have to question any doctor that thinks I'm...

    I have to question any doctor that thinks I'm nuts because I have questions or doubts about a medication. I almost wound up having a risky surgery because my doctor was "only treating me so he...
  3. Thread: Insomnia

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    Hatlady, do try your Ambien. Just do make sure...

    Hatlady, do try your Ambien. Just do make sure you have a block of eight hours sleep and when you wake, you won't be groggy. I used Ambien a couple years ago, I believe when it was first being...
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    Water and vinegar? urgh! I'm trying Valerian...

    Water and vinegar? urgh! I'm trying Valerian right now. The doctor ok'd it with my anti-anxiety pill I take.
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    No hatemail here, Beauchick. I don't like...

    No hatemail here, Beauchick. I don't like cigarettes, or the smoke, but everyones lifestyle choices are theres to make. And one thing I've learned about with Lupus is that some of the oddest things...
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    Catnip tea is one I've never heard of. Benadryl...

    Catnip tea is one I've never heard of. Benadryl is one thing I can't do. I've used that so often for allergies, it actually hops me up.
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    I used to take valerian; it amused me for some...

    I used to take valerian; it amused me for some reason as to how it smelled like sweat socks. I may try that again, along with the quiet music to get me over that block that wants to keep me awake.
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    Insomnia

    I have the fatigue that seems to be ever present with Lupus, but I also have insomnia. Not a good combination.

    This week has been a hard one for me, and tonight is another nearly sleepless night....
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    I love my once a week starbuck's. I'd drink it...

    I love my once a week starbuck's. I'd drink it everyday, if I could, but I am nuts for the double shot frappacinos and that would lead to a whole new set of problems.

    My doctor constantly...
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    Just something else to ask your doctor about is...

    Just something else to ask your doctor about is shingles. My mother had a very similar eye problem, redness, grittiness, and pain several months ago in her eye. When it flared down her neck and...
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    Current symptoms are: fibromyalgia joint pain...

    Current symptoms are:

    fibromyalgia joint pain (affecting mostly my fingers, knees and ankles), fatigue, high blood pressure (under control with Benicar 40mg),
    low-thyroid (under control with...
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    Sara, bend my ear anytime. I'm with you on how...

    Sara, bend my ear anytime. I'm with you on how you feel about the meds that generally have side effects as bad as the lupus. I don't have to take such meds, yet, and am even a bit worried that the...
  13. Do you have any photos of him online?

    Do you have any photos of him online?
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    sara - you're right; weight isn't the end all...

    sara - you're right; weight isn't the end all determinate for thyroid disease. It is, however, most common that thin is high and fat is low. I do have a very slim cousin (he's never been over 125...
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    Thank you both. I'm glad you liked it.

    Ihate2shave - I have gotta ask what the heck is the story behind your signature? lol Everytime I see it, I want a doughnut!
  16. Lupus, the Wolf and a search for what was wrong

    From the time I was a young kid, I've loved wolves. They are just beautiful animals. I recall a concert I went to as a kid that played a gorgeous piece called The Flight of the Wolves by Gustav...
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    I know you'll have an excellent trip and your furry kid will be just fine, as you will be. It sounds like a very nice boarding spa so I'm certain he'll be well taken care of.

    A maine coon? I...
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    Welcome, Lynn, from another newbie. I am so very...

    Welcome, Lynn, from another newbie. I am so very thankful I found this place. I can't tell you how much the folks here have been of help and have eased my mind on so many things.
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    cafepress.com - you can make the shirt there. It...

    cafepress.com - you can make the shirt there. It could also be sold here to help support the site and/or support the Lupus Foundation.

    If ya'll are serious, and I can help in any way with this,...
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    All my aches and pains tend to be on my left...

    All my aches and pains tend to be on my left side; that's my dominant side. One of doctors theorized that illnesses in general, not just Lupus, tended to attack our stronger, more dominant side.
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    Lupus, MS and RA are in the same family of...

    Lupus, MS and RA are in the same family of auto-immune disorders. In my family:

    MS - my aunt, her grandmother
    RA - my dad, his dad
    MS - my brother
    TM (transverse myelitis - a condition that...
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    I don't think it's at all ridiculous. I think...

    I don't think it's at all ridiculous. I think any disease, including Lupus, should be open to all possible therapies. I definately flare up when I get stressed or over-emotional. I'm taking an...
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    I really dislike seeing something like this. I...

    I really dislike seeing something like this. I believe that with Lupus all avenues in relief and/or a cure need to be explored. Drug therapy alone isn't going to do it. Alternative therapies must...
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    Anti-depressants are tough. They work, in some...

    Anti-depressants are tough. They work, in some folks, and not in others. After 8 years of docs trying to find anti-depressants for me, I finally said to stop. I've tried almost all the ones...
  25. Thanks Browneyedgirl (I always want to break out...

    Thanks Browneyedgirl (I always want to break out my Van Morrison album with the song by that name - makes me smile).

    I'm really looking forward to the Tai Chi.

    Oh, and what you said about...
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