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Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting here.

I am a preservice teacher in an MAT program working towards licensure in secondary social studies. I am also working part- time as an elementary instructional assistant.

I have a chronic autoimmune disease (Sjogren's - related to lupus and RA), and dyautonomia (POTS). I love to teach but find that the energy demands lead to increased pain, inflammation, and fatigue. I want to make this work but also don't want to wreck my health completely.

Is there anyone else here who is dealing with this sort of illness? If so, how do you make it work? Have you been able to find a balance that keeps you healthy (enough)? Are you in the classroom or have you found another type of position (resource teacher, etc) that works better for you? Any info would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
TinaJo Hi, Nicole.

It looks as though folks don't post here much currently. I generally don't post, but thought I should reply. I don't have experience with your particular issues, but a family member has MS. In researching possible ways to help, they found out about low dose naltrexone. It is not a traditional treatment, but I hope you will loo...See More
Mar 3, 2015
Nicole Hi Tina Jo,

Thanks for your response! I appreciate your advice. Unfortunately, MS drugs are usually not the same drugs used to treat my condition. However, more treatments are being developed.

What does your family member with MS do for a living? Has it affected his or her work at all?

My question is not so much about tre...See More
Mar 25, 2015
Lauren Hey Nicole! wish you the best of luck!
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