I'm sure this topic has come up time and time again, but I'm going to bring it up again anyway. So far, I do NOT have lupus, but I do have confirmed seropositive RA. The arthritis I have, however, is more related to lupus than RA, as it is nonerosive. I've always been a bit sensitive to the sun. Never been much of one to lay around in it, although I never really avoided it either. This year, however, I've noticed that any amount of sun exposure acts as a huge trigger to my arthritis sx. I went on a family bike ride on Saturday for a couple of hours. Within an hour or two after coming in, I was not only completely exhausted (keep in mind, this was a family bike ride with 6-year-old twins--we didn't go far or fast so it was not a strenuous ride), my muscles were so sore, my arthritis was acting up big time, I had a horrible headache and was fairly nauseous. The muscle weakness and joint stiffness lasted for the remainder of the day and evening. I felt a bit better yesterday, stayed inside, and was fine. This has happened before as well. I do not get the lupus rash(es), but yet I know the sun has a tendency to make me sick. Is this a sx of lupus? Even without the photosensitive rashes? I do plan on talking to my rheumy about it but I don't see him again until August. In the meantime, I'm starting to dread summer vacation....
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex