My name is Nicki. I live in Texas, US...I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer, though I think I have had it much longer. I have systemic lupus my doctor thinks, or possibly some other connective tissue disease. My rheum is leaning more towards lupus though due to symptoms. I am having lots of flares right now..its very frustrating and we can't seem to get my medications right. Anyway, I have been looking for places to find support and I am glad I found this site. My symptoms are frequent infections, widespread swelling, but predominately in my hands. I do have the malar rash also along with occasional pleursy (sp)? I try to do the best I can but it is so hard sometimes.