Or, maybe it is. A few weeks ago my hands began to itch, that kind of itch you wanna scratch with a wire brush because you can never get it to quit. Within a few hours they had swollen so badly that I couldn't close them. I figured I was having a bad reaction to a bug bite since I had a few bumps that looked like mosquito bites. So I just tried to ignore it and put some cortisone lotion on them. After a few days they weren't getting any better and my feet began to do the same thing, then I developed a welt on my leg that stuck out 1/2 an inch, the R.N. at work happened to notice my hands and took a look at the rest and promptly sent me home, telling me I couldn't come back till I had a doctors not saying I wasn't infectious. (She knew I wasn't, she knew if she said that I'd have to go to the hospital.) So off to the E.R. I went. They stuck an I.V. in me and pumped in steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines plus two shots of epinephrine. It took about 10 hrs to get the itching to stop. They sent me home with an epi pen and a buffet of medications. Two days later the E.R. Doc who had seen to me called me at home to make sure I had made a follow up visit with my normal G.P. It seems one of the tests they ran called an A.N.A had come back positive. So now they're doing a bunch of tests to determine if I have Lupus. Anyone know where I can get a shirt with Dr. House on it that says : It's Not Lupus!! I thought that would be funny to wear when I go into the doc the next time! So has anyone here been diagnosed with this? If so, how much does it effect your daily life and what do they do about it?