Over several years I've been experiencing symptoms that put together might be pointing at lupus. I have several joints in my body affected by arthritis -(moderately - no swelling but painful at times) - the GP puts it down to wear and tear (osteoarthritis) but these joints hurt particularly when I am under stress or tired.
I became sensitive to sunlight since I was pregnant with my 1st child 23 years ago, with a severe itchy rush first time I exposed my skin to the sunshine - then I could sunbathe for the rest of the summer. This now happens every summer.
More recently I had two episodes of fever where every joint in my body hurt, but after bed rest and pain killers this went away. Blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis were negative.
Just over 2 years ago I developed a skin rash around my nose, mouth and chin for which the GP gave me a cream and diagnosed as perioral dermatitis (saying it's v difficult to get rid of) - I manage this condition with the cream but it flares up every couple of weeks. I also have a small ulcer that appears on my gum on and off.
Over a year ago I started getting stinging sensation in my lymph glands - that come and go. As I've been and still am under a lot of stress at work and was dealing with bereavement of someone close to me last year I put this down to the extra stress. More blood tests showed a very low level of vitamin D but nothing else to be concerned about as the GP said. Told me the low level of vitamin D can cause random aches and pains. I am not someone who avoids the sun (with reasonable level of UVA protection) I don't believe the depletion of vit D can be put down to the lack of Vit D via natural sources and diet. I have a good balance diet too. I now take a large dose of Vit D (at the beginning it seemed to have controlled the achy lymph nodes) but only for about 3 weeks.
So with all these symptoms put together - could this be lupus?
I feel a bit foolish going back to the GP as my symptoms don't appear to be very severe - no swelling of the lymph glands as some people have but am really concerned about the damage to my internal organs which is what I've been reading can be happening.