My name is Christine and I was diagnosed with SLE 2 years ago this month at the age of 56. I also have RA and neuropathy in my feet. I am currently taking MTX by injection, prednisone, plaquenil, etc., etc. It seemed to work for a little while but hasn't recently. I will probably be switched to Imuran. I'm a little nervous about it and its side effects. I feel crappy alot of the time and, of course, have no energy at all. Most of the time I stay in my jammies. It is an effort just to get dressed.

This disease has so many facets to it that it gets me confused. If I have pain, is it lupus, RA or neuropathy? They all seem to blend together. I am depressed alot of the time.

I am learning to live with this disease but it is two years now and we are still looking for the right combo of meds. I am fortunate in that I have a very loving and supportive family.