I'm going to the doctor today to discuss a number of (seemingly random) symptoms I've been having throughout the years that I am convinced point to Lupus. Possibly just subacute cutaneous lupus, but... I don't know. I don't want to be dramatic, but I'm freaked out.
Also, the last time I said "I don't want to be dramatic, but..." in a medical context, Oliver was crowning.
I struggle with feeling okay about telling my doctor everything that's going on because I don't want to seem dramatic, or like a hypochondriac. I'm very concerned, though. That's all for now. I'm listing all the symtoms below so I have an electronic record. More later. xo
Past 9-10 yrs -- frequent fatigue and malaise
~8 yrsago-- lesions in mouth, on vag and bottoms of feet. No explanation identified
4-5 yrs ago -- Ejaculated a bunch of blood, then urinated blood and blood clots for two days. Saw a urologist, did a scope, no explanation identified
3-4 yrs ago -- full body hives for two weeks, treated with steroids, no explanation identified
Past 3 years -- lesions present on inner upper arms and abdomen. Diagnosed as granuloma annulare (1 yr ago), not explained, biopsy returned no concerning results. No lesions have improved, only worsened slowly, with more lesions showing up with greater frequency each month
~2 yrs ago -- Intense joint pain in hands, nonchalantly identified as arthritis. Comes and goes. Joint pain elsewhere is common.
Past year -- Hot flashes with increasing frequency. Tested hormone levels and thyroid, no explanation identified. Could these be low-grade fevers coming and going?
Past year -- increasing occurence of sharp chest pain. Never investigated.
Also in the past year -- Dizziness, eye socket pain, trouble focusing, urgent need to urinate, insomnia.
No known family history of lupus, only diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer.