• over 1 year ago

    Autoimmune? MS? Lyme? Something else?

    To start off I'm a female, 23 years old. Two years ago I had my first son, before his birth I was very healthy. After his birth I developed weird symptoms, skin rashes, dizziness, weakness, joint pain, headaches, low grade fevers, floaters in eyes, dry mouth and eyes, light sensitivity especially in eyes, stomach problems etc. It started with the skin rashes and I went to a derm, they said it could be scabies and gave me multiple rounds of the treatment for that(feel like the cream could have triggered an immune response), still was getting rashes and was on prednisone for awhile. The rashes would come and go. I had my second son 1 month ago and during the pregnancy the joint pain, bad headaches and neck pain, swelling and rashes continued. Had a few incidents of numbness in my hands and feet during the pregnancy. Developed bad sinus problems too. Was getting sinus infections every other month. My OB pretty much blew me off the whole time and said it's pregnancy and go deal with it. The joint and muscle pain was so bad I could barely walk in the mornings and my headaches and brain fog continued to worsen. Since November I've also come down with 3 bad colds and feel like my immune system is non existent. Even when I'm not sick I have chronic sinus problems. Today I just got back from the dr and have a swollen pus filled tonsil, fever, and swollen neck glands. What could be wrong with me? Could my first pregnancy have triggered an autoimmune disease? Could the rashes be Lyme? Or could this be something completely different? Plan on seeing a regular dr this week and getting blood work or a referral. All of these problems have caused me to have bad anxiety as I have no clue what's wrong with me. My OB put me on Zoloft because I think he got tired of hearing me complain :(


  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Autoimmune? MS? Lyme? Something else?

    Wow, with the exception of your age and bearing children I'd swear you were me. I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE about 4 yrs ago. It sounds like you may have one or more of the autoimmune diseases. I currently have 3 we are aware of, beside Lupus, there's Sjogrens Syndrome (dry mouth, skin and other things), and Mystemia Gravis (currently has been associated with my left eye only with my lid drooping). The tests for these diseases are very expensive and I believe doctors only want to do them as a last resort to prove to the insurance companies that they've ruled out all other standard illnesses. I do thing you should have that blood work done and be sure you get a copy of write down the results to keep track.
    Unfortunately today sometimes we are our own best physicians asst. Please feel free to send me a message on how you are doing. I really hope you don't have any of them as they are not fun and other people don't understand why one week you have to walk with a cane and the next 2 weeks you don't. It is hard to explain to people what the pain feels like and its exhausting. I wish you the best.