My first appointment will be in March, too. My liver specialist referred me I was amazed that I was being referred to an RA. I have a few arithitic symptoms. The things that showed up on my other tests were liver damage. That is what led to the Lupus diagnoses after enough blood tests, an endoscope, a colonscope, a lung xray and enough blood testing to satisfy a starving vampire. I have had the rash flareups and exhaustion for years, but attributed them to aging and allergies. I have been pretty healthy most of my life, but am a diabetic and had Graves diease when I was 38. I am 64 now.