Dear Walks in Darkness,
There are so many diseases that mimic Lupus; that is why it is best to make an appt with a rhuemy. The labs should be ran for Lupus to rule it out and can be located under "Criteria Newly Diagnosed." I originally had joint and muscle pain after exposure to sunlight and later flourescent lights. The red spot on your cheek was it circular and raised?
Until you see a rhuemy and get lab results, I would slather on the SPF 50 sunscreen and wear hats outside. Long sleeve dark shirts and dark pants would be protective. Nylon is protective from UVA & UVB. If it is indeed Lupus, more than likely they will begin you on a regimen of Plaquenil which takes 3-4 months to build up in your system.
Make that rheum. appt. In the meantime, google life insurance on the web and get some for the future. Hopefully you will not need it. Once you are diagnosed with Lupus, you are not eligible for Life Insurance and will be denied. Check out Daniel J. Wallace's book Lupus for Patients and Families which can be found on ebay or amazon. Keep us updated and hang in there. We have all been there at one time or another.
Faith 8) 8)