I'm 19, and I recently found out that I might have lupus. I went to the gastrointrologist at my local children's hospital for heartburn and constipation this past Friday. The doctor evaluated me, and she suspected that I might have lupus. She wanted me to do some bloodwork, but I haven't done it yet, but will tomorrow. I'm very worried.
For the past 2-3 years I've been sick every 2-3 months for a week or two, but in the meantime I feel fine.
My face turns red when I have an episode, around my nose, and cheeks. It's like the classic "butterfly" rash.
I also get rashes on my chest and neck.
I get joint pain during these episodes. It's worse in the morning. I feel stiff and have trouble getting ready. My ankles and wrists especially hurt.
I become extremely tired.
I get these mild fevers of about 99-100 degrees.
I get severe heartburn and constipation, but sometimes diarrhea.
I've lost weight without trying and sometimes have no appetite. I've also been depressed.
I've come in to my regular doctor with stomach pains, and they make me do a urinalysis. A couple of times I've had protein in my urine, but I have no other symptoms of kidney/bladder problems. (no burning.)