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Autoimmune Diagnosis

Posted by Tammy Chapman on

In 2006 I was diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease.  Several actually.  That is the problem with a low immune system, there is usually more than one that likes you.  My initial diagnosis was Lupus.  I was referred to a Rheumatologist and he also diagnosed me with Sjogren's Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was prescribed Plaquenil.  I had been taking Ibuprofen for my pain, and continued to take it.  I took the Plaquenil off and on for several years.  I really never saw any difference with the Plaquenil.  After trying it for 2 years, I took myself off of the medication.  About this time, things took a dive.  I developed a severe rash.  When I say severe, I mean hives that bled.  It was indescribable!  I was sent to a Dermatologist.  Months of more tests, meds, creams, lotions and nothing seemed to help.  Agonizing pain and no sleep. I started my own research and concluded that Urticaria was my closest diagnosis.  Urticaria literally means "unexplained rash". No one could tell me what it was or why I had it.  I was truly living a nightmare. The picture posted here is when it had started on my face around my eye.  Covered the left side of my face down my neck and chest.  It wasn't bad at the start here, and although it is gone now, I have scars. The worst of the rash was on my hips, stomach and thighs. Although, as you can see from my face, it did like to travel.  I have more gruesome photos...I will spare you.

Why am I bringing all of this up now?  Plaquenil was a headliner on the news today.  Made me flash back to my beginnings. One of my first posts said that I would tell my story.  This is the beginning that I am still living today.  There is no cure for an autoimmune disease.  But my good news is...I am better!  Follow along the next few days while I catch you up on my story.  This story, you will see, is what brought us to a farm in Northern Minnesota to have an apiary and work on helping my health.  My thought for today...BEES are God's most amazing little creatures! 

Stay home and stay healthy!  As always, more to come.