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    Default just a newbie saying hi!

    Hey, can I just say I am VERY glad there is an active forum for Lupus? I am 30, female, and currently in remission (fingers crossed). I was diagnosed three years ago when I was fatigues, stressed out to the max, had achy wrists, ankles, fingers and hips and my fingers were the size of bratwurst. And I had a really bad chest cold.

    I thought it was just a flu I couldn't shake. My primary care took one look at me and called a rheumatologist she knew and expedited an appointment for me. It couln't have come soon enough. Within a week I was on prednisone and waiting for test results, within 2 weeks I was on hydroxychloroquinine, naprosen and cimetidine.

    I was advised to lose weight, eat better and excercise more. And I did. I dropped 30 lbs, and six months later was in remission.

    I've since married, bought a house and am now (depending on some test results to be run later this month) hoping to have children in the next year.

    And I have learned to make every day count. That even though my body is my enemy, I have to show it that I am the alpha, I decide how to live it.

    Thought even as I say that, I've already posted about sudden hair loss and weight gain...

    ~sigh.

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    Welcome erinnlee. I've seen some of your other posts. As I'm sure you've found out, this is a great forum with a wonderful bunch of people. I hope you continue to stay in remission and that you are able to have children. I was fortunate to have my two kids before I got sick. I'm glad you're here with all of us.

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