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I have really enjoyed reading the info here. I have found it very helpful. I am a 59 year old woman. In good health until Dec. 3, 2007. At 9:30 pm that night, suddenly both of my ankles started to hurt. Then it was a headache, sore hair, sore neck, and within a few days every joint in my body was involved. My shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands completely froze. I couldn't function by myself. Nights in bed were torture. My internist thought it was a viral thing and gave me Celebrex. That did nothing for me. I asked for a med pak and he gave me 4 of them back to back while waiting to see a rheumatologist. The rheumy did all the blood tests and put me on pred. At 30 mg I felt pretty good but developed lots of side effects, including diabetes. My rheumy gave me a diagnosis of Connective Tissue Disorder/Inflammatory Arthritis and put me on Methotrexate. In November 2008, I went to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for another opinion. The Mayo Rheumy said it was Lupus. The medication is the same, pred & metho. I have been in a flare since 12/3/07, no remission yet. I have a few symptoms that I have not seen addressed here. Sweats, day & night. The night sweats are drenching. Sore throat & swollen glands almost every night. Urge incontinence. I do OK during the day but from 6pm to 9pm I get very stiff and sore, can barely walk or get up and down. I have to go to bed by 8:30 or 9:00 because of extreme discomfort, and tiredness of course. I see my rheumy next week. I am not sure the metho is working. I must wean off the pred because of the side effects but can't seem to get below 20mg and still function. Hopefully someone out there has some of these other symptoms that I have and can give me some help. Thanks for reading this long story, I really shortened it too! God Bless You All as we fight this disease.