I was diagnosed by my fourth rheumatologist. I had experienced minor symptoms off and on for 20 years. They would generally last only two or three weeks at a time, a couple of times a year. Butterfly rash, low grade fevers, extreme fatigue, hot swollen joints, and it's been so long that I don't remember what else. Then I had a full blown flare four years ago with more severe and other symptoms that lasted, well, it's finally tapering off.
You probably know that people with one autoimmune disease are more prone to develping another. Take a look at the Resources site on the main Lupus page. I think you'll find lots of good information about lupus there. You'll also learn a lot about lupus by hanging around here and asking lots of questions. It's an awful hard disease to diagnose and of course the first place to start is with your doctor. Take a look at the 8th post in the Recources tab. It's a great guide for all of us.
Lupus, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, lunesta, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin