11-28-2007, 09:06 PM
Hi, I am new to this site, but am looking to people that have already been diagnosed for maybe some guidance/answers. My mother had Lupus for most of her life and passed away at age 53 (not from Lupus though). My maternal grandmother has it, but the skin variation of it. My sister was diagnosed last year with it now as well. I have had joint problems in my hand for the past 7 years now and Dr's have had a real problem diagnosing why. I finally had a joint replacement (even though everything pretty much looked ok before) in my right hand. This was last Jan and the pain returned a couple months ago, so am now being seen again. I have always had Thrombocytopenia, but have leveled out a bit with it the past couple of years. I am always tired, but always figured that was because I work full time, am married to a military man which forces me to be a single parent of two quite often. My eyes are always dry, I have a lot of knee pain (they can't figure out why) and am still going in circles with my hand. Cortisone injections right into the joints is all that has ever helped the pain subside. Now I have moved to a different state once again (due to the military) and have had to start over with new doctors...Does this possibly sound like Lupus Symptoms? Oh, and forgot to mention that I have had the "butterfly rash" but was about 25 years ago when it was real dominant. I do love being outside in the sun and when I am I do get rosy in the "butterfly rash" areas but it's not a rash?