Have you been to the lupus.org website? It has the 11 criterias for lupus posted there. You just need to meet 4 of the 11 to be diagnosed with lupus.
I always crave lots of sleep. I swell up in my hands like you mentioned. The odd random joint pains is one of the joys of lupus and fibromyalgia which I have.
I hope you get a good rheumy who is with all of the latest information and takes good care of you.
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When life throws you lemons....
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