Never did the 30 yr old Mrs Geeta Menghani, a housewife who belonged from a successful business household from Ahmedabad, Gujrat imagine that her happy existence would come crashing down the day she contracted a mysterious illness that struck her like a bolt out of the blue.

Her symptoms started to show in the form of a fever and recurrent post-meal abdominal pain later compounded by vomiting and diarrhoea. Fearing the pain and the ensuing vomiting she started skipping meals, as a result of which she drastically lost weight, approximately 20 kgs. Her immediate step was to get evaluated and treated at a gastroenterology centre with the latest imaging and colonoscopy. Her condition got diagnosed as a case of Crohn’s Disease.

In spite of this she didn’t show much improvement. She continued to lose weight, developed skin patches all over her body and suffered hair fall. Her hands went bluish, which was furthered by numbness in her hands and feet. She eventually got chair bound. As a result, she thought she’d never be able to walk again and got anxious about her family.

It was in this condition that her father-in-law brought her for treatment to Dr. B L Kapur Memorial Hospital, Rajendra Place metro station, Central Delhi-5.

I, after further detailed evaluation, diagnosed her as a case of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – a rheumatic multi-system disease affecting the skin, nervous system of the limbs and the junction of small and large bowel called Ileocaecal junction.

The previous diagnosis of Crohn’s was immediately suspended. After intensive treatment in the hospital for a week, she has been up and about. She had shown fast recovery and kept asking whether she’d be able to regain the previous colour of her skin and whether she’d be able to resume her normal life. I gave her my assurance.

Eventually, it turned out to be a positive outcome of a complex disease that according to me could have been lethal if not recognised in time and not treated aggressively.