New Diagnosis

Actually there are two that are official now that are new, but one of them has probably been for awhile and I didn’t realize it was actually official.

I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease which has been discussed as a likely happening in my body since my hospitalization last year. It takes the place of my Lupus (SLE) diagnosis, and gives me names for more disease processes that are happening. The new one (which I’ve been trying to get a diagnosis for for a few years now, and which I’ve been saying was likely for even longer) is Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy. I’ve been saying since I was diagnosed with lupus 8 1/2 years ago that I had nervous system involvement. It’s finally been diagnosed. It explains the episodes of nearly passing out, and so many other things. So that’s my health update for today.

Lupus in pictures

I’ve been underweight, I’ve been overweight. I’ve been in the hospital, I’ve been home. I’ve had rashes, I’ve had to wear joint wraps and braces. I’ve been in kidney failure … though what exactly caused that – the lupus treatment, the c. diff I ended up with from the antibiotics I was on due to the infections I got from the lack of immune system from the lupus treatment, or the lupus itself… that’s up for debate still, I think. (I need to ask my nephrologist.)

Anyway, here’s a collage of some of my pictures that show my battle with lupus.
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