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Laura’s Story (Lupus, Cerebral Palsy, Bipolar Disorder)

Purple and Green RibbonsAs 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.

Submitted 12-11-11

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Leigh Meadows

    I am so sorry to hear of your illnesses. I will keep you in my prayers, I hope you get to feelin better and get to enjoy your life. God is right there with you just ask him he’ll help you through anything. May God Bless you and your family. A friend in
    God Leigh

    • Dee Thompson

      Laura, I am sorry to hear of you pain as well. I have been “Diagnosed” with psoriatic arthritis and the meds they give me do nothing for me unless I take my Methotrexate too. I have asked for them to test me for lupus but they wont because I already have a “Diagnosis”!!! I sure hope your new medication helps you find a balance with no pain.

      • mary

        I am 48 yrs old and I have SLE Lupus it took me a yr before I was diagnosed,they say Lupus can attack your internal organs and that’s just what it did but in my 20s I started nursing school but I didn’t realize til yrs later why I couldn’t really concentrate then I was having problems focusing on my class work after I had passed the interview to start the nursing program my grade started dropping and i was working at the hospital and started forgetting some of my daily simple tasks as a phlebotomist and a nurse tech,one it was it was 100 degrees outside and I became really hot sweat dripping off me when I got home I started having anxiety really bad so I call end when they got there. My b\p was 247\170 I was scared so the er gave me a pill under my tongue and something for anxiety,days pass my shoulder started hurting and my chest back to the er went,they took a chest x-ray I had 2 liters of fluid in my lungs,there was fluid around my heart also they did e pural infusion to drain the fluid after running tests one was a ANA which was positive from that day forward its been muscle,joint pain , anxiety ,high b/p and insomnia,depression,I did get disability and its still a battle everyday because of the extreme. Fatigue.

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