Hi I was diagnosed with lupus last June after years and years of symptoms! I also have Hashitmotos too. After years of thinking I was just a 'bit s***' and a wimp, I was shocked to have a diagnoses and blindly listened to the doctor telling me what my symptoms were! However following a recent flare I've really been thinking about my pain! I'm sure it's not joint pain but muscle pain. My muscles are so weak too and I find stairs and hanging the washing out harder and more tiring than they should be!!! Thinking back it's always been this way - I have a really clear memory of being in dreadful pain from carrying an empty bag on my shoulder 20 years ago! Is this sort of pain and weakness normal? I'm seeing my doctor on Friday and want to start to feel in control of these sessions. A year on I feel no closer to understanding how this disease affects me as an individual! Thanks.