so I have been sharing *on womens page mostly* all the breakdowns I was having physically ad MENTALLY!!! ugh.
unable to care for my children. missing days and days at work...my husband a single dad.....my blood pressure through the roof-meds NOT working, sinus infection SO SEVERE that spread into lymph nodes in neck....HUGE KNOT in my neck size of golf ball, and all the surrounding tissues. fevers daily.
lets just say its been HELL.
for those who don't know, I have had lupus since birth....undiagnosed. diagnosed since 2003. seeing one of the best doctors here in AZ but he is mean as hell. (no offense)
I found a regular family doctor who is a D.O.
she is my age (30). and she is amazing regardless of her age.
She listens. she read through years of reports and lab work from my rheumy, and hospital visits... and she is working WITH me to get healthy.
I was released from work for 6 weeks. they said NO way...stop everything now... I was in such horrible shape. the fibromyalgia was out of control. causing SEVERE depression, and MASSIVE ANXIETY when you cant meet the needs of your family.
I started having anxiety attacks.....without realizing.
long story short.
My regular doc, my rheumy, therapist, psychiatrist are all working together to get me back to healthy.
I take one med for blood pressure, 1 med for anxiety, 1 med for depression, 1 med for fibro, 1 med for sleep, benlysta *chemo type med or lupus....and pain meds if needed.
this was a desperate act to save my life.
But with my doctors help.....I have already reduced high doses of these meds. and soon will be eliminating one med at a time.....
I have started natural healing and therapy with seeing a counselor who used to be a nurse and is familiar with chronic illness...she is helping with anxiety issue. my D.O. gives me 2 osteopathic manipulation therapy treatments a week.
I am off antibiotics...and due to my D.O......she has helped remove the infection out of my neck and to flow out where it should. I am drinking tons of water. eating lots of raw food....and yogurt....*stupid yeast infections from AUGMENTIN 875mg* uggh
and TOMORROW is my first benlysta treatment for LUPUS in 2 months. they refused my treatments due to my infections and illness outside of lupus.
so tomorrow is a big day for me... I get my first BENLYSTA treatment in 2 months.
I wet back to work MONDAY.
and I am learning the very fine balance with SLEEP and WATER overload...and HEALTHY FOOD...and movement.
I am encouraged and feeling strong again in my spirit and my internal strength has returned.
I enjoy life again.
I am fighting with everything within me this round I will be free of all these meds before year is over.
I have lived once meds free...and even if I cant go total meds free....I am going the healthy route. I am determined.
I stay away from sugar. and acid products. I do not take any vitamins as my liver is already showing signs of major overload.
just wanted to share with you all....
depression...anxiety....hopelessness ..pain EVERYDAY.....fear.....despair......the inability to take care of yourself or others IS REAL....and there is help.
YOU DONT HAVE TO SUFFER. THERE IS HELP OUT THERE FOR A BETTER LIFE EVEN WITH LUPUS.