hello all. i found this wesite after doing some research about lupus. i'm 17 years old and was diagnosed with lupus 7 months ago after being sick for 5 years without the doctors knowing what was wrong. it's nice to know whats wrong with me but frusterating that there isn't a lot i can do to help myself. a couple times a year i become really tired and have a lot of pain in my sides and back. it's hard because my friends dont know what im going through so theyre not sure of what to say or do.