In 2015 found a Naturopathic Dr that specialized in autoimmunity. He is the one doctor who really took time with me and got to the bottom of why I had no energy, no motivation, bad skin, cold feet, bloating, no menstrual cycle, and daily stomach aches. Can you believe other drs shooed me away after hearing all that crap? I couldn't either. But there are so many other stories out there just like mine.
This dr tested me for food allergies, other autoimmune diseases and basic nutrients, among other things. It came back that I had early markers for lupus. What is lupus? It's is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the symptoms tend to last >6wks and often for years/lifelong. It can't be cured and it requires regular blood tests. Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, inflammation, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flareup) and then improve. While there's no cure for lupus, treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms/minimizing flareups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications.
When my doctor initially told me what the test read, I remember saying, "Isn't that, like, cancer?" He smirked and said, "No, its not, like, cancer." I had no idea what lupus was and it sounded scary. He explained to me that it was yet another autoimmune condition and because it was caught so early, it was something that could be supressed with the correct natural supplements, diet, and light exercise. ⠀⠀⠀
So I did just that and 3 months later, I took another test. The lupus was going in the other direction! My body was no longer attacking my immune system as much as it was before. Praise the Lord!
I chose this photo because I am wearing slippers in it — and it’s clearly summer. He told me to always keep my feet warm (Finee, I’ll buy more boots😏). Since then, I’ve worn house slippers and thought twice about wearing sandals out — Love my gma slipps😜!
Read more about this in “When I Was Told My Lupus Was Going Away” blog post!