Are these symptoms for Lupus?
I’m 17 years old and recently I have been having several health problems in the last 3 years. The first things that started was severe abdominal pain that the doctors couldn’t seem to explain. Recently I’ve figured out that part of that problem could be due to inflammation. Now it randomly will flare up and the debilitating pain will last a month or longer. Just last month I went to the hospital with severe chest pain so bad that I couldn’t talk or take a deep breath the ER doctor said it was costochondritis and I was down with that for about a month. Right after that was done I got the flu for three weeks and the costochondritis came back. In between that I have had an overall feeling of not feeling well. I have severe headaches almost every morning and that’s generally accompanied by an achey feeling throughout my body. It become more of the norm for me not to feel well then to feel well. Many times my feet will get red and swollen generally at night. I have had iron deficiency anemia all my life. Recently my mom mentioned that it was possible I could have or beginning to develop lupus. My older first cousin has lupus as well she was diagnosed when she was seventeen... my mom did say that she was a little sicker than me but were still wondering couldn’t this be the early stages of it?
I also found out that the chest is the second most common area for rashes on the body... I frequently break out on my chest making it very red but I always assumed that it was some kind of acne.