Welcome to our family where you will, most certainly, find support and understanding. Dealing with stress is one of the most difficult things that we must do. But it is something that we have to find a way to do as it can seriously complicate our disease.
The hair loss is, unfortunately, quite common with our disease and almost all of us have experienced it. Please know that, once the medications start to work, the hair will eventually grow back. This is the norm, rather than the exception. But, it is going to take some time. Elsewhere, on these forums, are threads written by many of our members talking about how they've dealt with their hair loss, advice about wigs, hats, scarves, etc. and suggestions on how to keep the remaining hair healthy until it regrows.
The joint pains and skin rashes are indications that your Lupus is active right now. I do not know what medications you are taking right now, but I would venture to guess that some of them were prescribed to specifically deal with these symptoms. While waiting for your meds to take full effect, it is important that you stay out of the sun as much as possible and avoid places with fluorescent lighting. Also, try to get recuperative rest and listen to your body. Never push yourself!
Depression is, also, a common symptom of the disease itself and can also be due to your emotional state due to the disease and how it has affected you. It is just as important that we care for our emotional state as we do our physical state. If you have someone that you can talk to (clergy, professional, family) please do so in order to help you with this part of your disease. In the meantime, we are here to listen to you, support you, understand you, and provide you with comfort and friendship. I am glad that you are here and that you decided to join our family.
Peace and Blessings
Last edited by Saysusie; 07-24-2010 at 09:34 AM.
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