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    Back after a long break

    Well, here I am, It seems I take these long breaks and then come check in on everyone. Seems like there are a lot of new faces, and most of the old ones are still here, thank goodness.

    I'm still...
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    Well, it's been a long couple of weeks. The...

    Well, it's been a long couple of weeks. The pancreas enzyme, Lipase, was just a bit high, so the GP decided it was pancreatitis so he put me on a clear liquid diet. Then the CT scan showed my...
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    Pancreas. Really? REALLY?!

    Of all the things I was most afraid to have attacked, it's my pancreas, and that is what appears to be happening. Maybe Im jumping to conclusions, maybe overreacting, but, I'll be having a CT scan...
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    Well, its not my thyroid....sigh

    I had the thyroid test done to see if, maybe, just maybe, one test will come back showing something. Nope, another "normal". I just wanted to cry. Isn't that weird? Most people would be happy to...
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    Im being tested for it tomorrow. Hashimotos that...

    Im being tested for it tomorrow. Hashimotos that is.
  6. Here, Here, welcome to the wild and whacky world...

    Here, Here, welcome to the wild and whacky world of Lupus in all its forms and variations. You'll get great advice here, and even if we don't have the answer you are looking for on a given day, we...
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    Well, I for one am relieved. Finally, I have all...

    Well, I for one am relieved. Finally, I have all the answers Ive been searching for. It's all so simple. So perfectly simple. Im just not getting enough veggies in my diet. And here I thought I...
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    Very Interesting Tgal I have the puffy nail...

    Very Interesting Tgal

    I have the puffy nail fold and the cracked, peeling nails.
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    Wow, I just came back and re-read my original...

    Wow, I just came back and re-read my original post. Things are no better, in fact, they're worse. I've started babbling at work, and that's a really bad thing when you are a 911 dispatcher. I...
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    So glad you're feeling better. What a great...

    So glad you're feeling better. What a great Christmas surprise.
  11. My fatigue is sometimes embarassing. I go to...

    My fatigue is sometimes embarassing. I go to church and sit in a meeting, and no matter how interesting the speaker, or how much sleep I got the night before, I still sit there with my head bobbing,...
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    I can't tell you if it is or is not Lupus. I can...

    I can't tell you if it is or is not Lupus. I can only tell you that you have some indications of an autoimmune disease, which could be Lupus. The only way to know for sure is to have the testing...
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    OK, Im just gonna jump in here with my take on...

    OK, Im just gonna jump in here with my take on it. I also have a DH who has run the gammot from being semi supportive, to very concerned, to down right disbelieving, and then, just this summer,...
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    Serand, I hope you're feeling a bit better. ...

    Serand,
    I hope you're feeling a bit better. sometimes, at least for me, a couple of days can make all the difference, especially when I come here and get the great advice I know I'll always get. ...
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    I keep trying to deal with my pain without meds. ...

    I keep trying to deal with my pain without meds. Lots of Advil, especially PM, so I can sleep. I don't want to start down the road of narcotics. Im trying to wait until I really can't manage...
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    Elastic band sensation

    So, when I go into a flare, I usually start with this feeling that there is an elastic band at the top of either my leg or my arm, and then for days that limb hurts, aches, and I can't really use it...
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    A good thought, but, no, Im not diabetic, or pre...

    A good thought, but, no, Im not diabetic, or pre diabetic. this whole disease is so weird.
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    Depth perception is going

    Ive been noticing more and more that Im banging, bruising and bumping my poor body into things a lot more frequently than I ever did before. I ram my arm into a door frame as I pass through, run...
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    That's a great idea!!!

    That's a great idea!!!
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    Ive been in a bady way, too. It's all the up and...

    Ive been in a bady way, too. It's all the up and down storminess. Its cold, its wet, barometer is up and down. Its like when there's a storm outside, I have a storm of my own inside. I hope you...
  21. I actually am facebook friends with my local...

    I actually am facebook friends with my local Lupus Foundation chapter. It kind of "outed" me publicly when I had never openly said the words, I have Lupus, to anyone before. I agree, we feel like...
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    I have three teenagers living at home. 21, 19,...

    I have three teenagers living at home. 21, 19, and 15, and none of them really help me. Sometimes they will do the dishes, usually only half way and I end up having to finish because I can't live...
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    So sorry you are going through so much at once. ...

    So sorry you are going through so much at once. Ive had mitral valve prolapse with regurge for quite a few years, with just some minor problems from time to time. Nothing life threatening, and no...
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    Cold on one side

    OK, so this one is new to the books, at least for me. For the past couple of weeks, I have had, off and on, my left ear, left arm, and left hand feeling achy and cold. Especially my hand and my...
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    So sorry Rob, to hear you are going through so...

    So sorry Rob, to hear you are going through so much pain again. You'll be in my prayers. Definitely keep us posted.
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