I have something I want to share with everyone because I believe it can be used as a warning for us all.
Too often those of us with AI diseases assume all of our aches and pains are part of our disease. That isn't always the case. We can get sick in other ways just like anyone else and we MUST not ignore things and assume everything is disease related.
I have a friend with MS. As most of you know this is another AI disease. She has been having stomach issues for a very long time and, like most of us do, ignored it assuming her disease was starting to act up. On Friday she was in a lot of pain and went to the doctor. He told her she needed to go to the ER. She had a wedding to go to this weekend and decided not to go that she could handle it.
By Sunday the pain was so bad she finally went to the ER and there they found 2 tumors. One was the size of a watermelon and the other the size of a basketball. They did emergency surgery and removed them as well as a total did hysterectomy. They believe they got it all but she will have to go through a few rounds of chemo. Thankfully it does not appear to be anywhere else at the moment.
I am only sharing this story because I know that most of us, myself included, tend to ignore things assuming we are flaring. We can't ignore our bodies. When things stay bad for a long period of time we need to get them look into just to make sure. She was lucky that it wasn't a type of cancer that spread. Had it been, she would have been dead because she ignored it.
Just because you have Lupus doesn't mean everything happening in your body is Lupus related