Joint pain after sun exposure

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libra73
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   Posted 4/14/2013 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I just stumbled onto this site and I am so glad I did.  I have thought for years that I suffer from undiagnosed Lupus (10 years + or so).  Over this weekend I have had to spend quite a long time outdoors, mostly in the shade.  (I have had issues with light sensitivity for a long time including terrible headaches with minimal time outside, especially if the sun shines directly on my head.)  Anyway, like I said, I was outside yesterday and suffered quite a severe sunburn in a short amout of time.  Today, the joints in my hands and fingers ache terribly.  I am very fatigued and just don't feel well.  I could understand the discomfort if I had been doing something that would explain the pain.  I was watching my sons competition, not working or anything like that. 
I have said all this to find out #1- Am I crazy?  #2- If I'm not crazy, what can I do to get a diagnosis?
Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

couchtater
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   Posted 4/14/2013 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You're not crazy. You sound like me when I go outside without protection.

Go to lupus.org and print off the 11 indicators for Lupus. Circle the symptoms you have and carry it to your doctor. Then ask for an ANA test with titers, SED rate, and CRP. If he won't do it find a new doctor who will.

To protect myself from the sun, fluorescent lighting, and halogen lights I have to wear special UV protective clothing. I get these from coolibar.com and sungrubbies.com. My windows at home have heavy blinds which blocks most of the sunlight. Because I even have issues with incadescent bulbs the main area of my home has LED lighting.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 4/14/2013 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Join pain with Lupus is generally inflammation in the muscles around the joint, sometimes in the joint itself. Since the sun causes inflammation (a regular sunburn is how the skin shows inflammation), it making you tired or prompting joint pain is fairly normal.

However, this isn't one of the deciding characteristics of Lupus. If you are worried about it, see a Rheumotologist and get yourself checked out -- but a sun sensitivity by itself doesn't mean you have lupus, it just means you are sensitive to the sun!
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