i was 21 when i first heard "lupus" in reference to myself. that was 4 yrs ago. i developed an itchy hive-like rash..only on my joints. the worst was my fingers. they became totally red and inflamed and hurt to the point of just breaking down to cry! the ER doc suggested lupus w/no real answers but the blood tests were neg. so i was sent on my way w/no answers. i had joint pain, mostly knees and shoulders then. but no real other symptoms. ffwd 2 yrs, during my second pregnancy. i became VERY ill. i had alot of joint pain, and just generally felt horrible. this is when the migraines got worse, and i developed the mouth sores and occasional nasal ones. i was very tired (but also pregnant so this could be confused). i was referred to a rheumy and he suggested fibromyalgia (which they diagnosed my mom with) not lupus after his series of tests. since then, i've developed more symptoms. dry eyes, and hair loss. the mouth sores are sometimes unbearable and i have joint pain in a few of my toes to the point of being hard to walk on them sometimes. i also believe i had a related rash on my face but it didn't look like the ones i've seen samples of online. can anyone help or offer suggestions?!