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When I was dx with UC,I was 22yrs old(one week before my 23 birthday). Joe and I had just bought our house and I was working full time+. I had Emily,who wasnt even one yet...she turned one while I was hospitalized-due to the UC. There was so much going on during that time...I was under a great amount of stress and my body was paying for it.
When I was dx with MS I was 26...just a few weeks before I turned 27. There wasnt any extra stress...but I was VERY hot all summer and had major symptoms during that time. After being dx I realized why I have hated summer for the past few years...I never connected the two together. But it makes sense.
__________________ Nichole,Mommy to Emily and Ryan
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I dont remember what was going on in my life, things are so fuzzy. I just remember my body was so achey, having trouble sleeping and my hair was falling out in handfuls. I remember telling my mom about these symptons and she thought for sure it was Lupus (she has lupus ) So I saw my Dr and he did the Autoimmune testing on me, said I didnt have Lupus but I had a touch of arthritis and I def. had an autoimmune defiency. I started seeing a rheumatologist and she said I did NOT have arthritis and the pain I was experiencing was Fybro. and prescribed Plaquinil and the rest is history. My family Dr thinks I'll end up w/Thyroid issues and possibly Lupus later in life. I hope and pray not.
I was in college, just turned 21. Thought life was going great. I was legal age and was having the time of my life. Away from home for the first time. What else could be better. And then boom it hit me like a hurricane at full force strength. Knocked me down and didn't know if I could get up again.
Mine is easy to remember since it happened in January. I had a bad stomach virus, and ended up in the ER for dehydration. I thought it was just the flu, the doctor told me it was my thyroid. 2 weeks after that they told me it was Graves Disease. I wasn't really stressed at the time.
It took a long, long time for me to get dx'd because of my age. I got tested for diabetes three times and mono tonnes of times, because those are the normal things to look for when a young teenager is fatigued and achy all the time. I finally got dx'd with lupus a month before my 17th birthday but had been having symptoms since I was 12 or 13. I was finishing up high school (I graduated three months later), and dealing with my *hole of an ex, who broke my little heart. Boohoo. I was rather suicidal at the time, but then again, I was through most of high school, being an undiagnosed, untreated bipolar!
I think, if I could go and redo, I would look at the dx as a relief, since I finally started to get some help for my physical issues, but when you're 16 and bipolar, well...it just seemed like the final nail in the coffin.