Katherine P. – Diagnosed at age 41
I was diagnosed with SLE after 3 years of telling my PCP that something wasn't right. I would suddenly feel like someone tipped me over and drained all the energy from my body, which made me feel like I was going to be sick or pass out. I had been sensitive to the sun since my early twenties, breaking out on my arms, hands and chest. My bloodwork came back great until it didn't. I am taking Plaquenil now and that has been a game changer... knock on wood. When my body flares up, I feel tingly, ill and very fatigued. Sometimes it makes me very emotional and anxious also. However, I find that keeping positive and forming a strong support system has been very helpful. And I would recommend yoga for anyone out there with joint pain… such a help.