Hello cynda Rae and Welcome.....
Lupus affects every single person differently and we each have our list of symptoms.
When I was very first diagnosed, my symptoms started with a general feeling of yuckieness, just like you describe. Sort of like having a flu every morning. I had low-grade fevers, sore throat, aching head, extreme tiredness, and joint pains that started mildly in my fingers and wrists only. I was going to Court Reporting School, and I thought the aching fingers was because we were on Christmas Break from school and I hadn't been using my machine. Then they got stiff and began to swell, and hurt worse and worse with each passing day. I ignored it. One morning I woke up and couldn't make fists with my hands. I could not close my fingers because of the pain and swelling. I was only 18, still living at home with my parents. My mom noticed, asked me about it, and immediately took me into the family doctor. My doctor suspected Lupus, because he had just diagnosed another young girl a few months previous, so he ran some tests for Lupus. He didn't say anything to my Mom and I, just told me to rest and come back two days later. Two days later, I had Lupus. I had tested positive on every test he ran. He tried to break the news gently. I was devastated! I didn't understand. My mom was equally devastated. My doctor had me try Aspirin and bedrest. That was sort of the initial treatment back then (27 years ago). When my stomach could no longer tolerate the aspirin, I was put on Prednisone. I developed the buttefly rash on my cheeks and nose within a few weeks. I never did have it anywhere else, though.
So, in answer to your question. Yes. Your rash all over, and the general crappy feeling is very normal to Lupus.
I'm so sorry you're feeling terrible, and having to deal with a new diagnosis. :cry: Does your doctor have you on any medication? Are you getting any relief from your symptoms throughout a day?
I'm wondering if you've looked through the Forum and seen the Sticky post for Homecare 101, I think. It's by one of our members, Oluwa. It's an excellent reference for the things that can help you survive this disease day to day. Things that are important to pay attention to in order to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
I hope this has helped you some. I'm certain others will be along to greet you soon and share their insight.