Welcome new friend, you will find this a wonderful place to receive encouragement, nurturing, tons of medical info, and the world's nicest folks hang out, right here !! I promise you that.
Receiving a final lupus diagnosis can take months, and even sometimes years; so just know that there are many here who have gone through the waiting process as have I. I will tell you this, as I believe many others here will tell you too. STRESS is an absolute trigger for this disease, no kidding. If you can, don't be worried - it is easier to say than to do, I know.
There's a book my doctor wrote called "But, You Don't Look Sick"; and it describes perfectly how many people, unknowingly assume that we can't be all that sick, if we're still looking that good! (and all the people here said.....AMEN - smile). It is very common dizzy for people to have that assumption, and it's only because they are not aware of lupus and the process this disease goes through in different people, there are different symptoms.
My precious mom, is all of about 4"11" (in high heels, even)...and maybe weighs 100 pounds all soakin' wet. She has always been extremely active, playing tennis, and is very active in the social "scene". Whereas I am about as opposite, I'm about a foot taller, and all of twice her weight.
Believe me, I completely understand, when people will say "you just need to get out and get some exercise, that's all".....well, that's not all.
Exercise is very important, SaySusie will be stopping in to introduce herself and she will have a lot of information to pass along to you; alot of folks here swim, I know others who do water aerobics (as their joints hurt too much to do other types of activities), some walk; others cycle. It's wherever your comfort level is; exercise and fresh air are so very important. If you have a friend that you can go walking with, or activities that you can do with your husband. There's nothing like the buddy system. Talk with your doctor about this in more detail.
My doctor has prescribed pharmaceutical grade fish oil, I take 3,000 mg a day. I do have to take it with meals. I had suffered a mild heart attack and kidney failure a year ago. Like you, I had to have a kidney biopsy; and yep, they're no fun. The great thing about having it done is; now I know where my kidney function level is at, and now I'm being treated for it and I am tested once a month. There will be tests to come in the future and like all of us, you'll find yourself frustrated; but it's a lot like brushing your teeth; you don't always want to...but you know you HAVE to...(smile)
There are so many people here who will share their stories, their successes, their frustrations - it's the beauty of sharing. We share in good times and bad, so please feel comfortable - we're glad you've joined our family.
Keep us posted and let us know how you do.....and feel free to ask questions anytime.
Again, welcome new friend.
"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." - unknown