As a kid, I always thought I had psoriasis, and I got laughed at for it. I also had mild cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder. I never, in all my life, thought I had Lupus! I thought I only had CP and the psoriasis.
Well, I started having symptoms of bipolar disorder at age 17, but wasn’t diagnosed with that until age 27. During the 2000’s, I would skip my period some months. I also started having frequent joint pain and I would feel wiped out sometimes. I just thought I was in my depressive phase of the bipolar disorder, which also runs in the family.
Then, my mom and sister both had high ANA and later tested negative for lupus. Then, in the summer of 2010, my blood pressure was high, so I went to the doctor. He said that it was not high and ordered some blood work for me. A month later, he said my cholesterol was high and that I had a high ANA. Three months later, I was tested for Lupus, but wasn’t formally diagnosed until October 2011. My rheumatologist is giving me meds this week.
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