It took me one year to get diagnosed, but I probably had it for almost 10 years prior to that. I had been having so many symptoms and had been sick off and on since 1985. It all started with back to back horrendous sinus infections and went downhill from there. At first they didn't know what was wrong with me, then I was diagnosed with what doctors called CMV Virus and then Epstein-Barr induced mono. That went of for about three years, and then I got somewhat better, until the next round of strange symptoms, which finally led to the Lupus diagnosis in 1996. I think that what happens is that Lupus can mimic so many other problems. Before I was diagnosed, I had no health insurance, so I tended to "toughen it out." And I live in a rural, isolated community, where the doctors are not always up to par with physicians found in more urban areas. Thankfully, I now have a wonderful Rheumy who plans on staying here!!