Welcome to the site. My name is Kathy. I have SLE Lupus and Sjogrens and a host of other Auto-immunes. I will be 50 on the 17th of this month and as you can see by my signature, I have have been battling Lupus for most of my life. I am battling a major flare right now too and it is hard to cope with at times. I think that this disease does destroy our looks big time and it stinks. My family is finally getting it and realizes that this is a very serious illness. I hear where you are coming from about being weak and wantting someone to take care of you. I fight this illness as hard as I can, because I flat out refuse to let it win or define who I am as a person. I hope that you keep posting and know that you are not alone. We all care for and about you.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.