First, I thank you all so much for your responses!
I am so embarrassed. Before calling the doctor, I mentioned to my husband that I had become concerned that something might be really wrong - my upper arms and shoulders constantly ached and did not seem as strong as they had been - as recently as a month ago. I knew the lupus caused some muscle weakness but this felt "different". My DH laughed:) - and he is usually very supportive. Then he pointed out that we have been watching our grandbabies (8 months and 5 months) since shortly after their births and they have become quite the "loads" to lug around. And since I spend several hours each day carrying one or the other, DH is not at all surprised that my muscles are achy! I cannot believe that I hadn't even thought of that. But it makes sense. So, I am relieved! But tired:) Thank you all again for your responses - I appreciate it.
Take care, Fran
Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Aciphex, Nasacort, Prozac, Ambien CR, CellCept, Bactrim, Zantac.
Daily Supplements: Calcium, B-100 Complex, Daily Vitamins.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Darvocet, Prednisone.