hi i am new to all of this and looking for answers. I was recently diagnosis with fibro but possible may have lupus also. I am still waiting on the official results. (lupus) Been doing research but there is such a large quantity of rabbit holes to jump into i am getting lost. So to start at the beginning. My tiredness started about 16 yrs ago with random pains muscle, IBS-d, joint and swollen lymph's ect. blood work normal couple of an ANA was done all neg, just elevated white blood count 10.1 to highest 13.5 or so. Then all of sudden boom!! 2016 all sudden weight loss 180 to 120 in three to four months, graves disease thyroid issues. finally an answer!!! Went though the I131 treatment taking supplement Synthroid battling the weight issues and two years later the ever so lovely menopause at age 49 decided to pay a visit. Things were back to semi normal. Then this past year the exhaustion started again, and this annoying back pain started when ever I would sweep, mop or do the dishes. I also noticed it on the weekends after having my first grandson 2yrs old for the day. (back pain). Then it got worst effecting me during working hours, lower back shoulders would come and go, tight muscle pain like a strain or pulled muscle on my right side, doctor prescribe muscle relaxer in October last year, then when that didn't help a MRI, Chiropractor and physical therapy. In a nut shell the Mri was mild arthritis in the t9-L3 areas, two bulging disc lumber area, and mild arthritis but nothing major found. Ok why do I hurt so much and why is it getting worse?? that was in December 2021. The chiropractor about killed me, he was brutal with his cracking technique's, physical therapy was great with the message, stretches and heat packs, but the cold packs and exercise bike was painful as all get out, they kept wanting to strength my stomach muscles, said it would help my back pain. That ended in Jan 2022 as insurance would only pay to so many visits. So now I am having a hard time as things have gotten progressively worse with sitting, typing and standing for any periods of time, as I have radiating pains from my tailbone to my shoulders down my arms to my hands swelling after typing for several hours without a break but I go to bed in pain and wake up in pain from my hips every day that is the one constant that never stops just the level of pain. numbness in my legs feet, my hand not when I first wake up but about 30 mins later for 10 to 15 mins, I can't take the meds prescribe while I am working as they affect my ability to concentrate, but I am finding that I am at a lost for some words at times like a dementia patient would be or confuse the wrong word for something, or just completed can't come up with it at all. spoke to the doctor again ran more lab work ANA test positive this time, ANA Titter 1.80 ANA pattern positive for lupus sle but rheumatic <1 which this still haven't been confirmed. (lupas or RA) so with this background knowledge what am I looking at realistically toward the future. My doctor said I may have to look at retirement (data entry specialist for a living) now for any quality of life with my family and grandchildren as the future will be rough get my duck in roll and file for disability as I am not in the beginning status of this but more in the moderate moving into the severe stages. What does this mean? Was I in the mild stages 16 years ago of Fibro? Went into remission and now it's back with a vengeance?