Hi, Neurogirl, and welcome to the forum. Hippi and Barbara gave you some very good information. For more specific information on lupus and anemia, lupus and antiphospholipis, and much more, go to the websites hippi has in her post. The first one is the one I'm most familiar with - by the Lupus Foundation of America.
Lupus, as you have already figured out, is usually a hard disease to diagnose and most of us have gone for many years with symptoms prior to getting a diagnosis. And many of us were treated as though it was "all in our heads." We just listened to our bodies and didn't give up. You'll find a list of symptoms in both sites. My worst symptoms are joint pain and extreme fatigue. If I spend any time in the sun, I'll go into a flare, and I'll bet nearly all lupus patients finally learn to stay out of the sun.
I agree with Barbara that making an appointment with a good rheumatologist is the first place to start.
From your name and number of posts, am I correcty in assuming that you're in the Neurology forum? Tell us more about you. You'll find lots of helpful and knowledgeable people here who are very willing to listen and help. Good luck, and hope to see you again soon.
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, cymbalta, tramadol, lunesta, actonel, meridia, tricor, aciphex, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin