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Greetings I am newly diagnosed and after a brief summary of my experience with Lupus so far, I have some questions that I would LOVE answers to! Sorry if its long. Please just skim over the intro explanation and skip to the questions if you don't feel like reading. Its important for me to get answers 
As I said, I am newly diagnosed with Lupus - just today. My doctor said that my Lupus is the kind that is causing problematic symptoms that have severely affected my daily life, but is NOT attacking any organs (like the kidneys). I have positive ANA and various other positive Lupus and Sjogren's related tests, as well as chronically slightly low White Blood Cells.
My symptoms came on very fast: Extreme and debilitating fatigue, pain in joints and muscles, frequent fevers, many, many infections/viruses (one after another), dry eyes, canker sores and nose sores, rash in sunlight, sun/heat sensitivity, lower back/shoulder spasms, small things tire me out VERY QUICKLY, among other things. One day I was working 10 hour shifts and preparing to attend an Honors College, and the next I began experiencing symptoms that worsened over a few weeks and resulted in me quitting my job, withdrawing from school, and moving in with my grandparents temporarily to rest and get help.
Here are my questions:
1.) Today my doctor has prescribed me Plaquenil. This is the only med he prescribed me. Is it normal to be on only one medication? Are there any others I should ask about? Will this medication help my symptoms, particularly the fatigue, pain, and easy exhaustion?
2.) I read online that garlic, red meat, and alfalfa should be avoided if you have Lupus. Is this true? Has anyone experienced benefits from avoiding these, or consequences from NOT avoiding them?
3.) My doctor said that my Lupus "wasn't the kind that is attacking my organs, but is very symptomatic". Does this mean the Lupus will likely never attack my organs? Like I won't need to worry about Chemotherapy, kidney transplants, immunosuppressant treatment, etc?
4.) Are there any lifestyle changes I should make to ease symptoms and keep them minimized long term? Are there any vitamins, supplements, or herbal remedies that are good for Lupus symptoms or maintenance (living with Lupus)?
That is all I can think of for now. Sorry for writing so much! I really hope somebody reads all of this so I can get some answers from someone with experience!
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