So you just learned that you have lupus. What do you do? Who do you tell? What’s next?
I recently stumbled across an awesome blog post that I thought would be perfect for preparing new lupies of what to expect after diagnosis. I believe this would have been of a great help to me had I found it earlier.
When diagnosed with lupus you should prepare to:
- Prepare for countless doctor/hospital visits- Being misdiagnosed in the beginning is normal because your symptoms may mimic other disorders.
- Prepared for tedious medication regimens- You will be subject to taking various medications. Immunosuppressants may be prescribed as well as corticosteroids.
- Prepare for life alterations- Before being diagnosed, I led a pretty active lifestyle. I frequented the beach and enjoyed the Miami night life with friends. BUT I can no longer be in extreme heat OR direct sunlight as it triggers a flare.