- Oct 1, 2019
Anna;4304096 said:Yes, diagnosed. So there's no reason to speculate otherwise.
Michael kept his medical history as private as possible. He was diagnosed early on in his life with discoid lupus, based on the butterfly rash on his face. Lupus is a disease that often progresses over time. It’s not uncommon for discoid Lupus to progress to SLE which comes with a wide variety of unspecific symptoms. In fact, it’s not even uncommon for systemic Lupus to go completely unnoticed, while the skin rashes are of course very obvious. I think it’s only fair to look at which of his problems may actually be a part of the bigger picture.
We can’t know for sure, of course, but when you look at the symptoms on the website of the Lupus Foundation of America, you’ll notice that they all make sense in regards to Michael’s issues:
Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
Pain or swelling in the joints
Swelling in the hands, feet, or around the eyes
Sensitivity to sunlight or fluorescent light
Chest pain when breathing deeply
Many people with lupus also have problems that affect their skin and hair, like:
A butterfly-shaped rash on the cheeks and nose
Sores in the mouth or nose
Fingers and toes turning white or blue and feeling numb when a person is cold or stressed
So, this is not wild speculation on my part, but an attempt at a halfway educated guess.
There are plenty of photos where Michael’s fingertips are kinda blueish, for example.
Here’s more info on the difficulty to diagnose Lupus: https://www.lupus.org/resources/diagnosing-lupus-guide