Hello everyone, I was recently diagnosed with Lupus. Unfortunately It has taken many years to reach this conclusion and I felt like a hypochondriac always at the doctors!!. I have suffered joint and muscle pain for a few years and have felt depressed, anxious and extremely tired, I have hypothyroidism so the doctor put it down to that. Some days I just haven't wanted to get up in the morning. A couple of years ago I had problems with my knees and had to have physio, then I had real pain in my right shoulder so I was refered to a rheumatologist and had steroid injection which did the trick, then last october I got Flu and within 2 weeks I was in agony hardly able to move my upper body, I couldn't sleep but I felt exhausted, my hands and feet went very red and painful then developed white spots which peeled and left raw patches.The doc then ordered blood tests and put me on tramadol, diclofenac and paracetamol,I stared to feel better but 2 weeks later it was back as bad as ever,the test result was positive so now I have started on plaquenil, I had a double dose of steroid aswell, I just feel so low even though I know its lupus now, I'm just so tired and frustrated because I have been off work for weeks and struggle to do things, even dressing is difficult!!:sad: Will it get any better than this?