Autoimmune Disease and Chronic Pain
#rheumatoidarthritis and #ankylosingspondylitis so we had some training with autoimmune disease. However, it wasn’t until my wife was diagnosed with lupus where I really learned how tricky these illnesses can be, and how important it is to investigate a patient’s history for autoimmune disorders. Being able to recognize these diseases early is so important to the patient’s future health. Had we known that lupus was the source of my wife’s joint pains, we would have treated way earlier, and avoided the catastrophe that resulted in a one month hospital stay. This has taught me to really investigate a patient’s history and exam much more thoroughly than ever before.