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Jessica1220

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After seven long years of struggling with symptoms, I've finally been diagnosed with Lupus & Sjogrens's Syndrome.

I'm in my fifth year of teaching 6th grade & now have a wonderful one year old at home. Now that I know my pain, fatigue, and additional symptoms are related to Lupus, I am wanted to be mindful to how I am treating my body (I am very stubborn and tend to ignore health issues).

Everything I read is to reduce stress to help lower the risk of flares. In the education world (and when you teach 130 twelve year olds), stress is eminent.

I wanted to know if anyone has had to make a job change or if I'm over reacting with this idea. I just want to make sure I'm able to put all of my energy (literally) to my family at home, and not just the kiddos I care for so much at school.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
rclaric

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I haven't been officially diagnosed as I can't see the rheumatologist until August. I spent 4 months sick with colds, headaches, muscle and joint pain, extreme exhaustion, insomnia, etc. My lab tests show a definite likelihood of lupus. I also already have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and PCOS. I am a middle/high school teacher. Teaching has been hell since January with all the symptoms. I am curious about career changes as well, especially since I am thinking about going back to school for a PhD.
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