I've mentioned on here before that I have an autoimmune disorder that gives me arthritis, but doesn't affect my internal organs.
Well, that turned out not to be the case. I have inflammation in my kidneys (caused by lupus nephritis) and they want to do a biopsy to see how bad it is and how to treat it. Great, because I really do want to keep my kidneys! Obviously I was nervous about going under, but then she told me the really horrifying part-I HAVE TO BE CONSCIOUS FOR IT. I almost burst into tears at the doctor's office when she told me that. She could tell that I was obviously shaken at the news, and briefly went over the procedure with me which, quite frankly, didn't help. I know it was necessary, but I'm beside myself. Apparently I have to hold my breath for about 30 seconds while they stick a needle in me, and if I move I could end up with severe bleeding. Not good in particular for someone with clotting issues.
On top of that, my arthritis is acting up terribly, I have zero energy, can't concentrate at work (which may eventually cost me my job), am getting over a UTI, my potassium levels are high, and as of yesterday I've started getting the butterfly rash that's so common in lupus patients.
Oh, and I have car trouble and can't work my second job (waiting tables) right now due to the arthritis becoming quite severe. I was dealing with having APS quite well but now that my vital organs are under fire I'm kinda losing it. I'm 21 freaking years old, I shouldn't be having kidney problems!!!
Please if someone else here has gone through any of this, a little advice? Experiences? I'm scared beyond words over all of this.