No, you are not crazy... :bad-words: First of all, why is your rheumie discouraging you from joining a support group?? Does he think we're brainwashing you into believing that you are sick and in pain? Does he think you're making all this up and its all in your head? :roll: I think you know yourself if you're not feeling well, why would you want to pretend you're in pain. :? And if you can't put your ring on your finger because of swelling, and he says you have no swelling. Oh gosh! I think its time to get a second opinion or a new rheumie who'll be more understanding.
After doing some research, I found out there is MILD LUPUS and SEVERE LUPUS. Mild lupus may not require treatment. It usually involves a rash, joint pain, and fatigue. In other words, major organs and organ systems are not affected. Severe lupus requires treatment (ex. kidney complications) usually involves other organ systems.
Hope this helps you out.
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