Hi! I'm Melly, I'm new.

In June, I started getting strange rashes on my legs. Then in about September, swelling and pain started. My PCP said she thought I had lupus, and when she did blood work, my ANA levels were elevated. Just yesterday I finally saw the Rheumatologist. I was diagnosed with both lupus and fibromyaglia.

He put me on a bunch of meds, the main one being prednisone. I don't really want to take prednisone. I heard it has awful side effects.

I'm scared, and being 19, it's really hard to explain to my friends why I hurt all the time, even though I look okay.

So here I am, finding support in people who -will- understand.