For years I’ve experienced pain in my wrist. Thinking it was just from braiding hair, I thought nothing of it. As time moved on, I discovered it could be carpal tunnel. I finally went to a family Doctor who recommended me to a specialist who could determine if I had carpal tunnel. Well, I had the test done and was given a cortisone shot to the nerves. Omg, that was one painful shot, I left the office in tears. After awhile, I was pain-free! My wrist felt perfect!!! But a few days later, I was hurting again. finally, got the results from my test. They were Negative. I was hurt and angry with the doctor because I just knew I had carpal tunnel and it would be an easy fix.
In 2015, I got pregnant and experienced so much pain. Being that I was pregnant there was nothing I could do until after I had my baby. In 2016, I had my baby, but I needed to go to the ER. The doctors ran test and told me to follow-up with my family doctor. I saw my family doctor and she sent me to a Rheumatologist. I explained my symptoms to him and he believed it was Rheumatoid Arthritis. After getting blood work, it was determined that I was suffering from Lupus. Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. I was immediately started on Meds. A year later my hair started falling out. I was feeling better but not like I thought I should. Although, I tried to tell my doctor and even show him signs, he kept decreasing my dosage.
In 2018, I decided it was time for me to try another doctor, so I did. I went to MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina; where the doctor looked at my symptoms and also did her own full blood work. she even changed some of the medicine that I was on. A Few days later, she called me with the results that I also have: Mixed connective tissue disease which is a term used by some doctors to describe a disorder characterized by features of systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, and polymyositis. That explained my excruciating pains.
Well today, July 26, 2018, I am feeling better. I still work everyday then go home to be a full-time mom and wife. I will say that every day I have some aches and pains, some days I do not feel like going to work but I always manage to get through the day. I am very thankful because majority of people with my condition are not able to work.
Through all of this my HUSBAND has been the MOST supportive. From taking me to my doctors appointments, making sure I take my medication, & just being there for me emotionally! My children understands what is going on with me, so they always lend a helping hand when needed!
So what I want to say to you all is: Never give up on yourself or family when you’ve been diagnosed with something. This does not make it the end of the world. You do what you need to do, what your doctors say you need to do because this does not only affect you it affects your family as well. If you are feeling down, always go to God, keep your faith, and talk to someone.
To all the people who have someone in their family suffering with something: Never give up on them even when it seems that they are giving up on themselves. Some days are better than others.Hope you’ve all enjoyed!