Welcome! You've come to the right place. WHL is a group of warm compassionate people who tell it the way it is! Always ask questions, no matter how trivial you think they may be. Lupus is a royal pain and is very frustrating. Not going to lie to you and tell you that it really isn't a big deal because it is. Lupus is like the room mate that won't go away. Some days you hardly notice it and some days it totally takes over your life. Get educated. Learn all that you can about Lupus and coming here is a great start. Be your own advocate. As far as diet is concerned, there is no "lupus diet". Eating healthy is a good thing weather you have lupus or not. There hasn't been any particular diet or food proven to help improve or cure lupus. If you find one that does, run the other way. In your discoveries about lupus you'll find there are a lot of quacks out there promising a cure for lupus. Remember, there is NO cure at this time so don't buy into any of that. If you find something that intrigues you, bring it to the forum- we'll tell you if it is valid or not. Again, we tell you the way it is. Being a serious athlete does give you an edge in the respect that you already understand your body. You'll know what is working and what isn't. The plaquinel can take 4-6 months to have any effect so patience is a must. As far as your doctors are concerned, well they could be nuts or they could just be frustrating. A good relationship with your doctor is also a must. You are partners in the lupus war. If you really don't have a good connection, then find a doctor you feel comfortable with. You may have to go through a few, but it will be worth it.
Stay in touch and again, welcome!
"I'm going to get healthy or die trying"