Hi Ziggs, Welcome to Healing Well.
There are two good places to start reading about
Lupus and educating yourself. Check out www.lupus.org
as well as our Lupus 101 thread (link below.)
However, any kind of joint pain is treated by a rheumatologist; you may have something much more benign that the rheumy can help you with. The most important thing now is just to make a list of your symptoms, severity, and duration.
If certain things seem to make it better or worse, note them as well.
Don't worry about
trying to decide if you have Lupus or something else - that is the rheumatologists job and it's best not to mention a specific diagnosis. You want your Drs to consider *everything* that might match your symptoms, not get locked into only thinking about
whatever illness you might happen to mention.
When is your rheumy appointment? Feel free to ask us specific questions, and let us know how you are doing!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 1/18/2017 2:27:40 PM (GMT-7)