Can you tell me whether itching and skin pain could be connected to lupus? I have had severe problems following spinal surgery and in the end they removed my metalwork thinking I was reacting to this. I also had huge amounts of pain in my back. I suffered terribly for two years where my skin was sore all over from head to foot, so sensitive that I couldn't bear any clothes touching me. It felt burnt. Even now when I touch my arm or face it doesn't feel like my old skin used to. I have had red spots come and go all over, which cause pain. I have a lot of nerve twitching and random patches of numbness. Dry mouth and red eyes. My skin looks a different colour to me. Sometimes the itching I feel all over is just terrible. Prior to surgery I had a couple of skin patches which they biopsied and said had features of morphea but not entirely and just said it was a slight skin change. I had severe headaches after my operation and severe thirst. My life has been completely turned around as I have no energy and feel just dreadful all the time. The pain in my back is now 100 times worse than prior to surgery. The hospital said I was reacting to all medication when they took the metalwork out and told me not to take anything. I had my back cut open from top to bottom for scoliosis and 21 screws and two rods taken out. The trauma of what has happened has left me very low. At one point, some of the doctors even tried to suggest it was all in my head! I believe that my body swelled and the swelling has caused damage. When I was younger I suffered from a lot of stomach pain. My spinal consultant said I had more degeneration than they would normally expect to see in someone of my age. I went through the menopause at 40. I have always had sensitive skin in the sun as I am fair and freckly but now I don't seem to be able to go outside at all. My arms and legs hurt, but especially my hips, back, shoulders, neck and I just feel like I am burning all over sometimes still, alternating with itching and pain. I am wondering whether my body has rejected the synthetic bone? My question really is this - could all this happen if I had lupus? Thank you for your help.