I am 7 years out from RNY. I have lost 204 lbs and feel wonderful. Last year I was diagnosed FINALLY with SLE. It now explains 30 years of some really weird medical diagnosis'. I spent most of last year in a flare, it hurt so bad. In May of this year, doc put me on pred and plaq and I seemed to be doing better. However, (you know there's always a "however") over the summer I developed a stricture (imagine, this far out, but I also had one two years ago too, actually, I've had quite a few). I went to a gastro doc who dilated me, perforated my stomach, went back in to fix it and perffed my intestine. My RNY surgeon was called in and basically I had the RNY re-done, including removing more of my intestine. Not sure if this is related to the pred or not. After the intestine thing, I became septic, spent 6 weeks in the hospital with double pneumonia, liver failure, MERSA, kidney failure, on tube feedings, 8 days in a drug induced coma. I am finally home. Blood work from last week shows I am in yet another flare, so I am unsure of the pain I am feeling. Is it from the SLE or all the actual damage my body endured over the last 8 weeks (I've been home for 2 weeks now). My weight is down to 105 lbs (from 320) and I feel like a newbie, introducing foods every few days. Does the SLE affect your stomach/digestion too? Or is this just because they had to re-do everything? My body is so weak. I have visiting nurses, physical therapy and a nutritionist who visit 4 times a week. Anybody have any insight?