also when you are looking for signs, water retention is a good indication but not just in the ankles, hands and eyes although those are really good indicators, i have lupus nephritis, and when you get that bloated feeling even though you havent eaten, also fatigue like someone else said, but mostly keep an eye on your urine after you pee. And i know that it sounds gross, but I look at the toilet paper after i wipe because it will be a different color if you are spilling proteins. watch out for dark urine (brownish color, not dark yellow) because i was told by my doc that usually dark yellow is more a problem of not getting enough fluids. and remember you can always ask your doc.
Hugs and prayers, If it was easy being a lupie,
~Suzanne~ the whole world would be one
diagnosed in May '95 with lupus nephritis, hypertension, hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis (knee) '98, kidney transplant April '06, pseudo-cerebral tumor '07, AVN ankles and hips '07
prednisone, cellcept, prograf, lopressor, allopurinol, synthroid, diamox, OsCal +D, lunesta, celexa, percocet for pain