Can Lupus be inherited/could I have Lupus11/12/2010 03:11:58
My mother was diagnosed with Lupus shortly after her 50th birthday,she had most likely been having symptoms but the diagnosis didn´t come until that late,this was in the early eighties,everyone talks about this skin condition which I read is most common but my mother never had that,everything that happened to her was inside her body her journey through this disease the hospitalisations,blodclots,the medicin the steroids were particularly bad,in her last years she had developed diabetes,her kidneys were failing,she was swollen all over her body,she could hardly walk,how she managed to persevere for as long as she did I think was shear willpower,we celebrated her 69th birthday with a dinner at my sisters it was a lovely evening the midst of summer,of course we kept it as short as we could because she could only take so much,by that time her internal organs had begun to fail,her lungs,kidneys,still I couldn´t comprehend that I was losing her,but the following Sunday she was rushed to Hospital where she died a few days later!
Now I was diagnosed with fybromyalgia 11yrs ago,but the symptoms do not fit entirely anymore,perhaps never did,I don´t know but I have been suffering severe hairloss for many yrs and I can watch it fall out,I have severe joint+muscle pains+horrible headaches,am extremely sensitive to light and have been for some time, get times when I´m so swollen that my feet are like I can´t describe it let us just say that it has now gotten so bad that it feels that the skin is going to tear off because of the swelling,my hands+fingers hurt constantly+are so swollen I can´t do anything!So my question is have there been cases when this disease is found to be heredetary,could it be that I have inherited this disease?Am like her in some ways i.e.when I get stressed I get ill,she had,had a history of depression and I have inherited that and I have heard that it runs in my family on my mothers side.I am not exactly afraid I would simply like to know! I remember very well that after my mother got her diagnosis it was like a weight lifted from her shoulders like now she at least knew what she had! I wish my mother had not gotten this disease I was there through the whole process with my father and then he became ill with acute Parkinsons they called it and over the period of two years he deteriorated before our eyes,he died of heartfailure two years before my mother!!
Now this swelling in my feet and just all over even my face is getting me kind of worried I am taking medicine to relieve it but it makes no difference.So please advise if you can someone,have tried to talk to my doctor but she just brushes me off.
Thank you very much for this site and for sharing your stories I do not live nor reside in the US am from another country but this disease is one of those not talked about here,I don´t think it´s stigma I just don´t think they take it very seriously! Thank you again and good luck to you all with my very best regards KristinA.Samuelsdottir/Iceland.
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