Welcome and Introductions
Are you new to the boards? Introduce yourself and learn more about the other members. Do you have questions that are specific to your part of the country (i.e. need a rheumy in Chicago?) If so, ask them here.
Tests and Procedures
What are the different tests (for example, blood and urine tests) and procedures (for example, skin or kidney biopsies) regarding lupus? Are you about to have a procedure, and are not sure what to expect? Or, have you lived with lupus for a long time, and have experienced many different types of tests? If so, are you willing to share your experiences with others? Then this is the section for you.
Disability, Insurance and Social Security Issues
Are you eligible for Social Security Disability? How do you apply? Are you having problems with your insurance? What do you do if you’ve been denied disability benefits by Social Security? Share your advice and experiences here.
Lupus in the Workplace
Having lupus while holding down a job can present a number of challenges. Do you tell your employer that you have lupus or do you keep it hidden. Are your co-workers understanding about the imitations lupus imposes or are you subject to discrimination or skepticism when you feel bad. How do you balance work, family and your own health needs? Share advice or pose a question.
Here you can talk about a wide variety of topics such as: breast augmentation when you have lupus; sexuality and intercourse; hormone replacement therapy; pregnancy, fertility and oral contraceptives; and annual exams and mammograms.