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I am recently diagnosed with Lupus. My ANA wad elevatef, but that was mostly it. I started having migratory pain, swelling and rashes in beginning in January. I had difficulty completing activities of daily living due to the severe pain in shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. With a lot of Advil, I functioned during the day, but by the afternoon, I could barely function, sometimes not. My rheumatologist put me on a round of prednisone and I began HCQ in February. My symptoms resolved mostly by March. I am not in any pain anymore and not taking any pain medicine. I have no skin symptoms. Or swelling or soreness. I've resumed my regular activities.

I have never had any symptoms before, but rheumatoid arthritis runs in my family. I'm beginning to wonder if I really have Lupus. I understand everyone is affected differently by Lupus, but I feel so normal now. Is it normal for there to be long periods between flairs? What is normal?

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Hi and welcome. My sister was dx before me. She has very few issues. Her chief complaint is regarding her wrist. Has for me lupus has hit every organ I have and then some. Prednisone will take away your symtoms and make you feel better. I would suggest you keep a note book regarding all your symtoms and questions so that when you see the rhemy you won't forget anything

Also please keep in mind that there are between 60-80 different AI's out there that mimic lupus. It's why lupus is hard to dx.

Take some time and read the posts here. Wendo play around some but there is a lot of good information out there

Good luck and please excuse and grammar or spelling issues. It has not been a good day for me.

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