I was diagnosed after having my second baby in 2000, 14yrs ago. first with fybromyalgia, then lupas then sjogrens. it started with my feet swelling and a red, burning, itchy rash from my feet up to my knees, it looked like socks, now its all over, this would only happen if when I went out dancing or to dinner, which made me think I was allergic to alcohol. eventually after lots of tests, came the results. as the years went on, so did more symptoms and medication list. its a funny sickness, because u dont always look sick. I always worked in demanding jobs, in order to provide for my 2 sons. then after the first couple of years I would end up hospitalised at least twice a year. doctors said my body was deteriorating from the inside out. we are all affected differently, a list of my quirks are chronic fatigue, chronic pain, incontinence, bowel problems, seizures, rheumatism, migraines, severe dehydration, dry eyes-skin-woman bits, my gums flare up causing my teeth to be removed, painful body spasms causing sweating, convulsions and breathlessness, tight chest through the night, insomnia, muscle weakness, blurred vision, short term memory loss, inability to speak properly, light and noise sensitivity. dont get me wrong, these arent all at the same time. each day is different so I dont know until I wake up, what kind of day im gonna have. sometimes 1 minute im feeling good then bang I cant function. my current meds are plaquinal, celebrex, iron tabs, somac, zoloft, dothiapan, topomax, lyrica, only when needed (predisolone). I almost forgot, early menopause. but I still smile and keep positive, everything else, I do in moderation, and thats ok, for those who think im just lazy and full of excuses, they arent in my life anymore an thats ok too.