I know it's been awhile since I've been here. Just trying to pull myself together after the news...after all the doctor's and all that I have been through for the past 2 yrs, I have found a doctor that really knows her stuff. She wanted to rule out any possisibility that all my problems weren't something else causing all the pain and past liver problems resulting in the sirosis....Got the news Monday....Definitly systemic Lupus...truely a blow and alot to soak in. She has started me on Predisone, and Imuran and Hydrocodone. She wants me to loose weight (fun) and take a yoga class for exercise and stress relief. I cried for an hour when I found out the Azathioprine (Imuran) is a chemo theropy drug. This is scary stuff. The only comfort coming from it is knowing I'm not crazy. The nerve conduction study was so painful and it showed all the nerve damage and arthuritis in lower back (now I have to go back for one on my neck to see where the headaches are coming from--not looking forward to that). The bone scan showed "hot spots" in my shoulders, hips, legs, ankles and feet. I am overweight and have battled it all my life...I'm 190 pounds now, but the only way I've been able to lose it in the past is starving myself(which the doctors in the past tried to say had caused the liver damage). I know the prednisone increases your appatite (just wonderful)..Anyone have any advice on a good weight loss program?? Thank you...Wendy
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