It is possible to have lupus with no joint pain?

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   Posted 6/8/2015 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   

So I'm new here and have no diagnosis.

21 years old, female.

The reason I wonder about lupus is that it often looks like I have a mild malar flush (when it never used to) , I get a lot of mouth sores, and my urine looks quite foamy sometimes (although everytime I do a dipstick test for protein, it comes back negative). The main things I struggle with are dizziness, muscle twitches, and just not feeling myself.

My fatigue is minimal.
My joints- occasionally a shoulder or a knee will hurt mildly, and I have mildly stiff fingers and sometimes a little hand pain, but it's NOTHING like what people describe with lupus. not even close! My joints do crack a lot though and I have SUPER red elbows, but they don't hurt.
My symptoms have a bit of a relapsing/remitting pattern- sometimes I feel pretty much normal.

Other things I'm looking into are chronic lyme and just plain old stress/anxiety/hypervigilance.

Should I stop worrying about Lupus on the basis on that I have basically no pain? Wouldn't it be super rare to have it without the bad joint pain?

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Date Joined Feb 2013
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   Posted 6/8/2015 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I would stop worrying.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 6/8/2015 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you could have Lupus without joint pain, it certainly isn't a requirement! There are 11 symptoms for Lupus, generally you mush present with at least 4 of them to be diagnosed. Check out the link below, Diagnosing Lupus. If you are still concerned, make an appointment with a rheumotologist.

Best wishes,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

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   Posted 6/8/2015 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
The joint cracking sounds very familiar to me. I sound like rice crispies during the day.
my rheumatologist says RA has joined up with lupus.
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))
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