Hi Natalie, your other post did not sound impersonal at all, a lot of folks aren't up too late at night and I don't think many people post until the afternoon. I am off work today but normally I don't get on the boards till the evening.
To answer your question, no I had symptoms of lupus when I was dx actually for years before my dx. Lupus is a disease of 1000 faces and very hard to dx. There are a lot of rheumy's out there that are not up to date on it therefore only look at lab results rather than looking at the whole picture. I hope your rheumy is a good one and spends time with you trying to figure it all out. To give you an idea of what to expect on your first visit, my rheumy spent about 1 1/2 hours with me, going over the list of symptoms I put together, looking at my past labs (as this was the 3rd rheumy) and asking about my family history.
Keep a list of your symptoms, when they started and try to pinpoint the joint pain. I hope I have answered your question, please let us know how you are doing and how your appt goes. Take care
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~
DX: Hashimoto's 1999, Celiac Disease (AKA: gluten sensitivity) 2003, Raynaud's 2004, Lupus 2005 and Sjogrens 2006
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Lortab (as needed), Magnesium Citrate and magic mouthwash (as needed for mouthsores)